American Ryan Krauser breaks the 31-year-old record
Olympic champion Ryan Krauser broke a world record that has been standing for 31 years in throwing the iron ball, when he scored 23.37 meters, Friday, in Eugene, in the American trials qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games. Krauser surpassed the previous record of his compatriot Randy Barnes (23.12 m) recorded in 1990, with his fourth throw at Hayward Field. The 28-year-old Portlander broke the indoor world record in January, clocking 22.82 meters at the Arkansas meet. But the Rio 2016 gold medalist has been steadily chasing the outdoor world record this season, achieving last month’s best figure of the year (23.01m). He said Friday in qualifying that he is at the top of his level, recording 22.92 metres. In the first three throws in the Friday final, he scored 22.61 m, 22.55 m and 22.73 m, and in his fourth throw in the final, he shot a giant throw, breaking the world record (23.37 meters). He was second behind him, 2019 world champion Joe Kovacs with a throw of 22.34 meters, and Peyton Otterdahl third (21.92 meters).