BERLIN -Christian Cantwell has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after winning the gold medal in the men's shot put on Saturday at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics at the 1936 Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany.
The 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist, Cantwell (Columbia, Mo.) grabbed the early lead in the competition with his first round throw of 21.54 meters/70 feet 8 inches. 2008 Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski of Poland wrested the lead from Cantwell with his fourth-round toss of 21.68m/71-1.50, and increased it in round 5 when he threw 21.91m/71-10.75.
Cantwell needed a clutch performance late in the competition and got it in round 5 with his winning throw of 22.03m/72-3.50, which is the best throw in the world this outdoor season, and the third farthest in World Championships history.
Now in its eighth year, USATF's Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on the USATF website. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
2009 USATF Athlete of the Week Winners: January 6, Mason Finley; January 13, Amber Campbell; January 20, Josh Cox; January 27, German Fernandez; February 3, Ashton Eaton; February 10, Shalane Flanagan; February 17, Galen Rupp; February 24, Dexter Faulk; March 3, Terrence Trammell; March 10, Diana Pickler; March 17, Galen Rupp; March 24, Sumi Onodera-Leonard; March 31, German Fernandez; April 7, Cyrus Hostetler; April 14, Curtis Beach; April 21, Kara Goucher; April 28, Mason Finley; May 5, Chris Derrick; May 12, Natalie Willer; May 19, Will Claye; May 26, Nadine O'Connor; June 2, Tyson Gay; June 9, Dwight Phillips; June 16, Galen Rupp; June 23, Kami Semick; June 30, Dawn Harper; July 7, Raevyn Rogers; July 14, Ryan Crouser; July 28, Anton Krupicka; August 11, Rita Hanscom; August 19, Christian Cantwell.
BEST MARKS WEEK ENDING AUGUST 16
100 - 9.71 Tyson Gay (adidas) - Berlin, GER 8/16 AMERICAN RECORD
1500 - 3:38.86 Dorian Ulrey (Arkansas) - Berlin, GER 8/15
3000SC - 8:46.79 Dan Huling (Reebok) - Berlin, GER 8/16
400H - 48.00 Kerron Clement (Nike) - Berlin, GER 8/16 U.S. leader
TJ - 16.94/55-7 Brandon Roulhac (HPC Elite) - Berlin, GER 8/16
SP - 22.03/72-3.5 Christian Cantwell (Nike) - Berlin, GER 8/15 World leader
HT - 74.19/243-5 Jake Freeman (NYAC) - Berlin, GER 8/15
100 - 10.94 Carmelita Jeter (Nike) - Berlin, GER 8/16
400 - 49.95 Debbie Dunn (Nike) - Berlin, GER 8/16
800 - 2:02.63 Geena Gall (OTC Elite) - Berlin, GER 8/16
3000SC - 9:26.81 Jenny Barringer (Colorado) - Berlin, GER 8/15
10,000 - 31:13.78 Amy Yoder Begley (Nike) - Berlin, GER 8/15 U.S. leader
HJ - 1.89/6-2.25 Sharon Day (Asics) - Berlin, GER 8/15
PV - 4.55/14-11 Chelsea Johnson (Nike) - Berlin, GER 8/15
LJ - 6.24/20-5.75 Diana Pickler (Asics) - Berlin, GER 8/16
TJ - 13.39/43-11.25 Erica McLain (Nike) - Berlin, GER 8/15
SP - 18.96/62-2.5 Michelle Carter (Nike) - Berlin, GER 8/16
JT - 59.57/195-5 Rachel Yurkovich (Oregon) - Berlin, GER 8/16
Hept - 6126 Sharon Day (Asics) - Berlin, GER 8/16
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