Cantwell added a 2009 Outdoor World Championships to both of his Indoor World titles.
Aug. 15, 2009
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Former Tiger track & field standout Christian Cantwell won the shot put World Championship at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Berlin, Germany, after tossing 22.03m (72-3 ½) in his fifth attempt on Saturday (Aug. 15). His mark is a new season-best, shattering his previous mark of 21.81m (71-7), set at the Aviva London Grand Prix three weeks ago. The event title is the first-ever Outdoor IAAF World Championship for Cantwell, adding to his two Indoor IAAF World Championships, claimed in 2004 and 2008.
"I have won medals in the past, but not this one," Cantwell commented after competition. "To win it in that fashion is even more exciting; I hope the crowd enjoyed it as much as we did. The level of the competition was very high with six athletes at 21.00m, so to win a competition like this, that makes me feel better.
"During the competition, I felt like I was rushing my throw, so I told myself to just slow down," Cantwell added. "I knew that when it left my hand that (the winning throw) was a good one."
Cantwell defeated, among 10 others, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Tomasz Majewski in the event as the Polish standout finished in second place with a mark of 21.91m (71-10 ¾). Cantwell's mark is also the best in the world this season and just shy of his personal-best mark of 22.54m (73-11 ½), set at the Adidas Classic in 2004.
As the first competitor to throw in the event, Cantwell opened the competition with a throw of 21.54m (70-8), the best of any athlete during the first round of throws. That mark stood as the best in the competition until the fourth round of throws when Majewski launched a toss of 21.68m (71-1 ½), putting the pressure on Cantwell. First up in the fifth round, Cantwell launched his event-winning throw, erasing all doubts on who was the top competitor in the event. No competitor threw better than 21.91m (71-10 ¾) in each of the final two rounds of throws, solidifying Cantwell's spot on top of the leaderboard.
For complete results, visit the IAAF's official live result webpage at http://berlin.iaaf.org/results/bydiscipline/disctype=4/index.html. For all the latest on Mizzou track & field, stay tuned to www.MUTigers.com.
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