The men’s shot put is a staple gold medal-winning event for Team USA, and Ryan Crouser could keep the tradition going.
Crouser is a -375 choice at the online sportsbook to win gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the shot put, which also includes teammates Joe Kovacs and Payton Otterdahl.
Crouser is the current world record holder in shot put and the 28-year-old deserves to be favorite for the title in Tokyo.
He threw 23.37 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials, which broke the previous world record by almost 10 inches. It was an incredible throw and we’re banking on him to carry that form this week when the shot put competition starts.
The Oregon native knew he could throw a world-record distance since 2017 and that confidence paid off.
“I was able to execute the throw really well,” Crouser told Athletics Weekly. “In the early rounds, I knew that a first-round throw would take me to the top three and then in round four I finally connected with a throw I’d been working towards for a long time and that was the world record.”
Shot put world record holder Ryan Crouser describes what athletes are doing in his event: Take a bowling bowl, go to a basketball gym, stand on the free throw line and try to make a three-quarter court shot. If you make it, congratulations — you’re almost good enough to medal.
— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) July 22, 2021
He’s not out to increase the world record in Tokyo. Crouser is gunning for gold and that’s the main priority.
“The main thing at the Olympics or any major championships is winning. I do always want to go out there and compete against myself. When I was first going to my first major competition I was told that you should expect something to go wrong and that’s been a great quote that’s helped me get through my career,” he said.
Olympic Games odds have Crouser as the -375 favorite to win. Teammate Joe Kovacs is at +600 odds and he’s a medal hope, so Team USA could win gold and silver in the event.
Joe Kovacs, Payton Otterdahl
Kovacs is an experienced 32-year-old who won an Olympic silver in 2016 and that shouldn’t be overlooked. He followed it up with gold at the World Championships in 2019, so despite his 2021 form being a touch behind Crouser, he can’t be overlooked.
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— Dan (@dannah__montana) July 26, 2021
He threw 22.91 meters to win at the Worlds, which is typically as competitive as the Olympic Games and we love his chances of either winning a gold or silver.
Not favored to win is Otterdahl, who would need to improve his personal best significantly to win at +4000 odds in shot put betting markets.
Otterdahl is less accomplished and his best throw is 21.92 meters at the 2021 Worlds. He is ranked 25th in the shot put rankings, so making the final would be a big achievement for the 25-year-old.
He finished third in the U.S. Olympic Trials and we think he’ll be third best for the Americans.