• Whiting Ready to Defend World Indoor Title

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The 2012 World Indoor Champion in shot put, Ryan Whiting, produced an impressive life time best mark indoors of 22.23m winning the USA National Indoor  title on Sunday in Albuquerqe, New Mexico.

Whiting warmed up with a throw of  19.90m in the first throw and from there he just got better by adding almost meter and a halfin second attempt 21.33m. The 27 year old shot putter finally hit the big throw of 22.23m in the fourth round leaving others with no hopes for the title.

''I knew I was on my way up,'' Whiting said. ''I just threw better than everybody else. I'm a lot stronger than I was last year. I'm a lot more ready. I'm just getting stronger and I think that just comes with the age.''he said.

Also impressive performances produced Kurt Roberts and Joe Kovacs, who were behind whiting taking second and third place. Roberts put down a mark of of 21.50m while  Kovacs tossed 21.46m respectively.

''It just happened that you had to throw far to be able to do it,'' Whiting said. ''I had been doing some things wrong and I tried to fix it the last few meets. The other guys have proved that no mark is safe in U.S. shot putting.''Whiting told ca.sports.com.

Whiting have been sitting on top of the world's indoor list since January 31 when he tossed 21.37m at the international indoor meeting in Bydgoszcz, Poland and by far he is the favorite to win the world indoor title again.

Defending World Outdoor Champion, Germany's David Storl, is going to be one to watch out for, as he had proved to do his best when it really matters, in this case it's going to be in Sopot next weekend.

"Mentally, I'm a lot more ready," Whiting said of his chances of a world title repeat. "There's no reason I can't be a contender."  Whiting confidently said.

USA Indoor Championships Men's Shot Put Final Results

Pos Athlete Name Mark   Att 1 Att 2 Att 3 Att 4 Att 5 Att 6
1 Ryan Whiting
Nike
Flight: 1
22.23m 72-11 ¼ 19.90m
65-3 ½
Rnk: 1
21.33m
69-11 ¾
Rnk: 1
20.72m
67-11 ¾
Rnk: 2
FOUL

Rnk: 2
22.23m
72-11 ¼
Rnk: 1
20.71m
67-11 ½
Rnk: 1
2 Kurt Roberts
Nike
Flight: 1
21.50m 70-6 ½ FOUL
20.57m
67-6
Rnk: 3
21.50m
70-6 ½
Rnk: 1
20.97m
68-9 ¾
Rnk: 1
FOUL

Rnk: 2
FOUL

Rnk: 2
3 Joe Kovacs
Nike
Flight: 1
21.46m 70-5 19.11m
62-8 ½
Rnk: 6
20.62m
67-8
Rnk: 2
20.44m
67-0 ¾
Rnk: 3
21.09m
69-2 ½
Rnk: 3
21.46m
70-5
Rnk: 3
FOUL

Rnk: 3
4 Jordan Clarke
Unattached
Flight: 1
20.78m 68-2 ¼ 18.78m
61-7 ½
Rnk: 7
19.37m
63-6 ¾
Rnk: 6
FOUL

Rnk: 7
20.61m
67-7 ½
Rnk: 4
20.78m
68-2 ¼
Rnk: 4
FOUL

Rnk: 4
5 Cory Martin
Unattached
Flight: 1
20.27m 66-6 19.32m
63-4 ¾
Rnk: 4
19.91m
65-4
Rnk: 4
19.92m
65-4 ¼
Rnk: 4
19.85m
65-1 ½
Rnk: 5
FOUL

Rnk: 5
20.27m
66-6
Rnk: 5
6 Eric Werskey
Unattached
Flight: 1
19.80m 64-11 ½ 19.80m
64-11 ½
Rnk: 2
FOUL

Rnk: 5
19.66m
64-6
Rnk: 5
19.42m
63-8 ¾
Rnk: 6
FOUL

Rnk: 6
19.64m
64-5 ¼
Rnk: 6
7 Zack Lloyd
Unattached
Flight: 1
19.78m 64-10 ¾ 19.36m
63-6 ¼
Rnk: 3
19.20m
63-0
Rnk: 7
19.48m
63-11
Rnk: 6
FOUL

Rnk: 7
FOUL

Rnk: 7
19.78m
64-10 ¾
Rnk: 7
8 Nick Baatz
Unattached
Flight: 1
19.30m 63-4 19.14m
62-9 ½
Rnk: 5
19.30m
63-4
Rnk: 8
FOUL

Rnk: 8
18.40m
60-4 ½
Rnk: 8
FOUL

Rnk: 8
FOUL

Rnk: 8
9 Derrick Vicars
Unattached
Flight: 1
18.49m 60-8 FOUL
18.49m
60-8
Rnk: 9
FOUL

Rnk: 9
   



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