The Los Angeles meeting was marked by Ryan Crouser’s world record in the shot put, which this time was validated by World Athletics. For his part, Armand Duplantis failed to clear 6.01m in the pole vault.
While the Diamond League is stopping off in Rabat this Sunday, some athletes have chosen to compete in the Los Angeles meeting on Saturday. Starting with one of the stars of American athletics, Ryan Crouser. A two-time Olympic champion, world champion and world record holder in the shot put, the 30-year-old Portland native has further improved his mark. And how! While he had managed a throw at 23.37m in June 2021 in Eugene, this time he threw 19 centimeters further, to bring his world record to 23.56m, on his fourth attempt! Crouser said he’s adopted a new throwing technique this season, and it’s paying off.
This winter, he thought he had already improved his record by throwing to 23.38m during an indoor meeting in Idaho, but the record had not been approved by World Athletics because the throwing circle was too large and the landing area was downhill. It was therefore only a postponement, and in Los Angeles, the pitcher benefited from perfect conditions in UCLA’s Drake Stadium. There is now a gap of 87 centimeters between Crouser and his compatriot Joe Kovacs, double world champion, on the balance sheet of the best world performances of the year! But the outdoor season has only just begun.
Duplantis fails at 6.01m
This meeting also marked the outdoor debut of pole vault king Armand Duplantis. The Swede certainly won the competition, but with “only” a bar at 5.91m, since he failed three times at 6.01m, just like his rival of the day Sam Kendricks, who estimated that the weather conditions n Were not optimal for achieving great pole vault performances on Saturday.
It should also be noted that several world best performances of the season were achieved during this meeting: Jasmine Camacho-Quinn in the 100m hurdles in 12″31, Marileidy Paulino in the 400m in 48″98, Maggie Ewen in shot put with 20.45m, Timothy Cheruiyot over 1500m in 3’31″47 and Diribe Welteji over 1500m in 3’57″84. Jamaican Ackeem Blake won the 100m in 9″89 (personal best)two hundredths ahead of Cravant Charleston and 2019 world champion Christian Coleman.