Olympic gold medalist Ryan Crouser of Boring, Oregon continued his fine Diamond League season on Sunday with a victory in the men's shot put in Rabat, Morocco. Crouser, who won the gold medal in the men's shot put at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, has won three gold medals in Diamond League action in 2017 as he has also won in Eugene and Lausanne.
Crouser set a meet record in Rabat. He recorded a throw of 22.47 metres. O'Dayne Richards posted a Jamaican record in winning the silver medal. Richards's throw was 21.96 metres. Ryan Whiting of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania won the bronze medal with a throw of 21.26 metres. Crouser reached the podium by 1.35 metres over Darrell Hill of Darby, Pennsylvania and Konrad Bukowiecki of Poland. Hill and Bukowiecki each had throws of 21.12 metres.
Crouser's main focus this summer is the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations World Championship in London, Great Britain. The world championship takes place from August 4-13 with the men's shot put final taking place on Sunday, August 6. This will be Crouser's first world championship. At the 2015 World Championship in Beijing, Joe Kovacs of Nazareth, Pennsylvania won the gold medal.