Throwing the Distance
Former Missouri shot put thrower Christian Cantwell won the shot put title at this event last year and is headed into this year's American Outdoor Championships as the heavy favorite. Cantwell commented, "I don't feel any added pressure. Even when Adam had his best throw, I know I could hit that. I know when I'm on I'm the guy to beat."
Cantwell had one of his best throws of the season, falling just 2 ½ feet short of the world record. He looked good this weekend as well as he headed into the final 2 throws in 1st place.
"My fifth throw I fouled but it wasn't a big foul like some you see fall forward and out of the ring, I didn't do that. I just hit my toe on the toe board and if you saw where it landed it was only 8 inches shy of the world record. So that's encouraging if you can take anything away from losing."
Cantwell fouled his last 2 throws, one of which fell just 8 inches short of the world record. He finished third in this week's competition. "It just so happens that on my one off day everyone else seemed to have their best throws. But I tip my hand to them. I did the best I could and I threw everything I had."
In a week, Cantwell will head to Belgium, but unlike most he's not worried about the distance of the flight. He's more concerned with the distance of his next throw.
"It's right there, if you looked at my throw I'm just 8 inches and you hold your hands up, that's not that far you know. So if I have a few more good, injury free years and keep training hard. I think i can do it."
Cantwell was one of three former Missouri track and field athletes who were in Indianapolis this weekend. Also competing was Derrick Peterson, in the Men's 800m, and Fiona Asigbee, in the Women's heptatholon.
In the Women's shot-put competition on Sunday, former Tiger Janae Strickland finished in 8th place in the US. She threw it 54 feet and 5 and a quarter inches.