Cantwell wins 13th straight shot put title

Tiger post-collegian Christian Cantwell won his 13th straight shot put title at the U.S. Olympic Committee's Titan Games, built by the Home Depot on Friday. Cantwell's toss of 73 feet (22.25m) equals the third time he has thrown for at least that distance this month, the first American to pull off such a feat.

ATLANTA - Cantwell was won the competition by nearly three feet. American Reese Hoffa was the runner-up and has been to Cantwell for six times during the streak. Soon after Cantwell threw his day's best, reports have that fellow American Adam Nelson, ninth in the World all-time, fouled a toss that would have went near 74 feet.

In the past month, Cantwell has thrown for over 73 feet in each of his last three meets, only one other has done so. In 1988, Great Britain's Ulf Timmermann, second-best all-time, connected three times over 73 feet in September 1988 and gained the Olympic gold medal in Seoul in doing so. The silver medallist in those games was American Randy Barnes who holds the World and American record in the event, and is the only person to have thrown over 73 feet and finish second in any meet. Barnes went on a similar stint in 1990 to have three meets over 73 feet, but over a period of 45 days. During that time Barnes earned the first and second longest throws in shot putting history (75-10¼, 75-9½).

Cantwell gained the eighth spot all-time in shot put history with his personal-best toss of 73-11¼ at the adidas Oregon Classic two weeks ago. That toss still remains as the best in the world for 2004.

The Titan Games, held in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park, was not really a track meet, but an exhibition of some of the disciplines that will take place the Olympic Games in Athens later this summer. Boxing, judo, and weightlifting were among some of the sports contested.

Portions of the Titan Games, built by the Home Depot, will be aired on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN). OLN will premiere coverage of the games on Saturday, June 26th, at 1:30 p.m., central, and will re-air broadcasts at 8:30 p.m., central, and at Midnight, June 27th.

Cantwell will catch a plane tonight and travel 2,100 miles west to compete in tomorrow's Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore. He is scheduled to throw at 3:26 p.m., central. Visit cyberscoreboard.com for live results, and mutigers.com tomorrow evening for a recap. ESPN2 will air tape-delayed coverage of the Prefontaine Classic tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m., central.


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