Aug. 25, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou track and field program has seen one of its former student-athletes go on to do great things over this past outdoor season, adding to an already impressive résumé. Christian Cantwell, already a four-time IAAF World Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist, is currently putting together one of his finest seasons as a post-collegian under the direction of current Tiger head coach Brett Halter.
So far in 2010, Cantwell owns the world's top two shot put marks this season, three of the top five and six of the top 10. He threw the world's best 2010 mark of 22.41m (73-6 ¼) earlier this season in Eugene, Ore., at the Prefontaine Classic. That mark is a foot better than the Cory Martin's top mark in 2010. Martin's mark is currently the third-best in the world this season, trailing both of Cantwell's top two marks.
Cantwell also clinched the Samsung Diamond Race title in Stockholm, Sweden, after resetting the meet record with a throw of 22.09m (72-5 ¾). That win, along with his wins in Doha, Oslo, Rome and Eugene clinched him the title in the Samsung Diamond Series. He will wrap up the Diamond League this Friday (Aug. 27) in Brussels, Belgium. He will be one of nine shot putters looking to claim the event title.
In all, Cantwell has eclipsed the 21.00m (69-0) mark in 14 of 15 meets this season and has eclipsed that mark in more than 80 meets in his career, showing a mark of consistency that has not been matched in the event. Dating back to last September, Cantwell had won 20 consecutive shot put titles until his streak was snapped at the Diamond League meet at Crystal Palace in London in Aug. 15. He finished third in that event with his worst throw of the season. But the 20-event win streak is as impressive as any feat ever accomplished in the sport.
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