Olympics: American Ryan Crouser wins shot put gold, breaks Games record

Ryan Crouser of the US celebrates winning the gold medal and setting a new Olympic record for the Men's Shot Put.
Ryan Crouser of the US celebrates winning the gold medal and setting a new Olympic record for the Men's Shot Put.PHOTO: REUTERS

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - American Ryan Crouser hurled the longest throw of his life to win the men's shot put final on Thursday, breaking the Olympic record and snatching gold in his first-ever major competition.

The 23-year-old set three personal bests in the final and his longest throw of 22.52m shattered an Olympic record set by East Germany's Ulf Timmermann in 1988.

Crouser's compatriot and reigning world champion Joe Kovacs had to settle for second, while New Zealand's Tomas Walsh grabbed bronze.