Ryan Crouser, Olympic shot put champ, hopes to add event after 2024

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Ryan Crouser, the two-time Olympic shot put champion and world record holder, hopes to throw the discus some time after the 2024 Paris Games.

“I plan on giving the discus a year on the off-year,” he told Flotrack on Friday after qualifying for Sunday’s shot put final at the world championships in his home state of Oregon. USA Today first reported Crouser’s interest in the discus.

The next “off-year” — without an Olympics or world outdoor championships — is in 2026, when Crouser will be 33.

“Before COVID, [the off-year to try the discus] would have been 2022,” he said. “Everything getting pushed back a year has kind of eliminated that opportunity for an off-year. But I do want to give the discus an honest effort at some point in my career.”

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Crouser’s agent said he would not give up the shot put if and when he adds the discus.

It would be reminiscent of another Oregon native, Ashton Eaton, the two-time Olympic decathlon champion. In 2014, an off=year, Eaton shook things up by racing the 400m hurdles, then returned to the decathlon.

Crouser is a little more familiar with the discus than Eaton was with the low hurdles. He won the 2014 and 2015 Big 12 titles in the event competing for the University of Texas. Crouser’s dad, Mitch, was a 1984 Olympic alternate in the discus.

More than a dozen Americans previously competed in the Olympics in both the shot put and discus, according to Olympedia.org. Most recently, John Godina, who did both in 1996 and 2000, when he won shot put silver and bronze. Robert Garrett and Bud Houser won gold in both events in 1896 and 1924, respectively.

“The improvements I’ve made physically, but most of all mentally would lend myself to throwing the discus at a high level,” Crouser said. “It’s easier on the body than the shot. It doesn’t beat you up quite as much.”

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Remco Evenepoel wins world road race title after Mathieu van der Poel gets arrested

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WOLLONGONG, Australia — A fortnight after becoming Belgium’s first Grand Tour winner in 44 years, Remco Evenepoel became his country’s first men’s elite road race world champion in a decade to cap his breakthrough season.

Evenepoel won the Vuelta a Espana Grand Tour two weeks ago and was again dominant in Sunday’s 266.9-kilometer race as he broke away with 25 kilometers left and powered to an emphatic win.

The 22-year-old spread his arms in celebration as he crossed the line on his own to as he became the first Belgian man since Philippe Gilbert in 2012 to win a cycling worlds road race.

He became the first rider to win a Grand Tour and the world championships road race in the same year since American Greg LeMond in 1989, according to Gracenote.

French rider Christophe Laporte took second after winning the bunch sprint behind Evenepoel. Australian Michael Matthews won bronze as the chasing pack finished two minutes 21 seconds behind the Belgian.

The race featured 12 laps of a 17-kilometer finishing circuit at Wollongong, a coastal city south of Sydney.

Early breaks gained as much as eight minutes on the peloton, but they never looked threatening.

Inside the last 40 kilometers the pace quickened and the front group started to pull away. On the second last lap Evenepoel and Kazakh rider Alexey Lutsenko broke clear and built a small advantage.

The Belgian star, who earlier this season won the Liege-Bastogne-Liege one-day classic, pushed clear of Lutsenko on the second-last ascent of the tough Mt, Pleasant climb and was never challenged on his way to a dominant victory.

Compatriot Wout Van Aert just missed out on the podium, finishing fourth.

Before the race news emerged that Dutch star Mathieu van der Poel, one of the title favorites for the men’s race, had been arrested and charged by police for an alleged assault at the team’s hotel in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police took van der Poel into custody after an incident at the team hotel involving an argument with two teenage girls as he was trying to sleep.

Van der Poel was cleared to start the race but pulled out shortly after.

On Saturday, 39-year-old Annemiek van Vleuten overcame an elbow fracture sustained three days earlier to win her second world road race title with an attack in the last 600 meters that caught the other eight leaders napping.

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Eliud Kipchoge breaks marathon world record in Berlin

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Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge broke his own world record in winning the Berlin Marathon, clocking 2:01:09 to lower the previous record time of 2:01:39 he set in the German capital in 2018.

Kipchoge, 37 and a two-time Olympic champion, earned his 15th win in 17 career marathons to bolster his claim as the greatest runner in history over 26.2 miles.

His pacing was not ideal. Kipchoge slowed over the second half, running 61:18 for the second half after going out in 59:51 for the first 13.1 miles. He still won by 4:49 over Kenyan Mark Korir.

Ethiopian Tigist Assefa won the women’s race in 2:15:37, the third-fastest time in history. Only Brigid Kosgei (2:14:14 in Chicago in 2019) and Paula Radcliffe (2:15:25 in London in 2003) have gone faster.

American record holder Keira D’Amato, who entered as the top seed, was sixth in 2:21:48.

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The last eight instances the men’s marathon world record has been broken, it has come on the pancake-flat roads of Berlin. It began in 2003, when Kenyan Paul Tergat became the first man to break 2:05.

The world record was 2:02:57 — set by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014 — until Kipchoge broke it for the first time four years ago. The following year, Kipchoge became the first person to cover 26.2 miles in under two hours, doing so in a non-record-eligible showcase rather than a race.

Kipchoge’s focus going forward is trying to become the first runner to win three Olympic marathon titles in Paris in 2024. He also wants to win all six annual World Marathon Majors. He’s checked off four of them, only missing Boston (run in April) and New York City (run every November).

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