After his win in Lausanne, USA’s two-time world shot put gold medallist Joe Kovacs explained how he felt it was “about time” he threw beyond 23 metres. His performance at the Wanda Diamond League Final in Zurich reflected, remarkably, that belief, the two-time world gold medallist launching the shot 23.23m to move to second on the world all-time list.
The only athlete to have ever thrown farther is his compatriot Ryan Crouser, who recorded his 23.37m world record in Eugene last year, and the pair engaged in a spectacular showdown on Sechselautenplatz on Wednesday (7) during the first session of the Weltklasse meeting, held as a street event in one of the city’s most famous squares on the shore of Lake Zurich.
A total of six Diamond League champions were crowned in front of the Zurich Opera House, Kovacs winning his second Diamond Trophy ahead of Crouser and New Zealand’s Tom Walsh and world champion Chase Ealey joining her US compatriot in shot put success. Kenya’s Beatrice Chebet and Nicholas Kipkorir won the 5000m finals, while Australia’s Nina Kennedy claimed the women’s pole vault title and Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi won the men’s high jump clash.
SOURCE: WORLD ATHLETICS