Ryan Crouser Breaks His Own Shot Put Olympic Record – Then Poses With a Sign Thanking His Late Grandpa

Published 08/05/2021, 6:12 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Men’s Shot Put – Final – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 5, 2021. Ryan Crouser of the United States shows a message for his grandfather after winning gold REUTERS/Andrew Boyers TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


Ryan Crouser just broke his own Olympic Record three times in the finals of the Men’s shot put event. He became the first American athlete to win gold in a track and field event at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

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The 28-year-old reigning Olympic champion just defended his title. This is the first time an American has done this since Parry O’Brien in 1952 and 1956. After he won the gold, he was a little emotional and had a message for a close family member. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Men’s Shot Put – Final – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 5, 2021. Ryan Crouser of the United States holds a note in reference to his grandfather as he celebrates after winning gold REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Record-Breaking Shot put final for Ryan Crouser

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The American walked into the circle for his first attempt, as calm as you’d like. It seemed like he was practicing and not competing in the most competitive tournament in the world. He picked the shot put up, did his routine, and just like that, he registered an Olympic Record on his first attempt. 

He threw an impressive 74 feet and 11 inches, breaking his former Olympic record, which he set in 2016 at Rio. His previous Olympic record stood at 73 feet and 2 ¾ inches. In his second attempt, he broke the record that he had just set a few minutes ago. He threw a massive 75 feet and 2 ¾ inches. 

If that wasn’t impressive enough, Ryan Crouser used his 6′ 7″ frame and 319 pounds to toss the ball for yet another Olympic Record. The competition was practically over after his second throw. However, his last throw (76 feet and 3 ½ inches) just showcased his dominance.

An emotional message from Crouser

After winning the gold, an emotional Ryan Crouser donned his cowboy hat and held up a sign that read, “Grandpa. We did it. 2020 Olympic Champion!”. 

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“I held up a sign at the end and that was for my grandpa,” Crouser said. “He passed away just over a week ago. … He’s been my biggest fan.”

“He’s had a huge role in my throwing career. To lose him a week before the Olympics was obviously sad, but I feel like he was able to be here in spirit,” Crouser said.

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Crouser will go down in history as one of the most dominant Shot put athletes America has produced. 

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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