Ryan Crouser adds to golden year with Pre Classic shot put title

One year ago at the Prefontaine Classic, Ryan Crouser wasn’t sure where his pro track career was headed.

How times change.

The former Barlow High School star arrived at Hayward Field for Saturday’s Pre Classic shot put competition owning a Rio Olympics gold medal, the Olympic record and a contract with Nike.

He left with a victory after throwing 73 feet, 7 1/4 inches on his fifth throw, easily beating fellow Rio medalists Tom Walsh of New Zealand (71-2 3/4) and Joe Kovacs of the U.S. (70-4 1/4). OREGON LIVE

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