An impressive United States streak came to an end Friday in Daegu South Korea at the 2011 Outdoor World Track & Field Championships. Not only did the American Men’s Shot Put victory streak end at three, but all four Americans finished out of the medals in the 16 lb. ball toss. Cantwell (2009 champion), Reese Hoffa (2007 Champion), and Adam Nelson (2005 Champion) as well as young stud Ryan Whiting failed to throw much over 70 feet resulting in only three bids to the 2013 Championships for the Americans. The World Champion receives a bye into the next championships, allowing their country to send up to four athletes in an event if all have earned the qualifying mark.
Cantwell, the Eldon Missouri native and Eldon High School and Mizzou graduate finished in fourth with a best toss of 21.36 meters/70-1 or so. Hoffa finished fifth, Whiting 7th and Nelson 8th.
Shot Put – M FINAL
02 September 2011 – 19:00
Position Bib Athlete Country Mark
1 505 David Storl GER 21.78 (PB)
2 215 Dylan Armstrong CAN 21.64
3 185 Andrei Mikhnevich BLR 21.40
4 1067 Christian Cantwell USA 21.36
5 1084 Reese Hoffa USA 20.99
6 855 Marco Fortes POR 20.83
7 1134 Ryan Whiting USA 20.75
8 1104 Adam Nelson USA 20.29
9 838 Tomasz Majewski POL 20.18
10 469 Ralf Bartels GER 20.14
11 958 Asmir Kolašinac SRB 19.84
12 288 Carlos Véliz CUB 19.70
Cantwell, who competed several times indoors before having surgery on his shoulder returned to good form months after surgery but claim his third straight World Medal (2008 Olympic Silver, 2009 World Champs Gold).
Men’s Shot Put
While Team USA had four men in the top eight of the final, none we able to make it to the podium, thus ending a streak of three straight World Championships in which and American had won gold. Reese Hoffa (Athens, Ga.) started the series in first place with his throw of 20.90m/68-7. Even though he improved to 20.99m/68-10.5 on his second throw, he was unable to land a better mark on the remaining four throws and fell to fifth place. Christian Cantwell (Columbia, Mo.) was in fifth place through the first five throws, but moved up to fourth when he landed his final throw at 21.36m/70-1.
As the junior member of the U.S. squad, Ryan Whiting (Tempe, Ariz.) finished seventh in his first World Championships. Whiting’s best throw came on his fourth attempt at 20.75m/68-1. Adam Nelson (Watkinsville, Ga.) had a best mark of 20.29m/66-7 to finish eighth.
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