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Crouser Sets Olympic Record, Defends Shot Put Title In Tokyo

Ryan Crouser of The USA competes in the men's shot put final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan on August 05, 2021. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

TOKYO (AP) — Ryan Crouser broke his own Olympic record on his way to defending his shot put title.

Crouser went 23.30 meters on his last attempt to earn the first track and field gold for the American men at the Tokyo Games.

U.S. teammate Joe Kovacs finished second and Tomas Walsh of New Zealand was third.

The 28-year-old Crouser is already the world-record holder after breaking a 31-year-old mark in June at the U.S. Olympic trials.

Crouser took the lead on his first attempt and saved his best for his final one. His family and friends gathered for a watch party in Oregon. They had plenty to celebrate.