Number one, USA's Randy Barnes, 22.66/ 74-4 4 ½ in 1989.
Number two, Germany's Ulf Timmermann, 22.59 / 74- 1 ½ in 1989.
Number three, USA's Adam Nelson, 22.40/ 73-6 in 2008.
Number four, Switzerland's Werner Gunthor, 22.23/ 72-11 ¼ in 2008.
And by a little past noon on the 23rd of February, 2014...Number five, USA's Ryan Whiting.
He had to come from behind to win it, adding to the drama.
Ashland (Ohio) College grad Kurt Roberts seized the lead with his 21.50/ 70-6 ½ PR whirl in
Penn State alum Joe Kovacs, who had stunned Whiting and others to win at Boston two weeks ago,
still hovered near the lead, too, and would reach 21.46 / 70-5 in round five
And at that point Whiting declared "enough is enough."
He sent the 16-pound ball flying on a splendid journey, reaching the distant barriers on a single
When the reading came in - 23.23 - he reacted with predictable joy.
And when he fouled his finale, it really was over. There were male hugs all
around - hey, how would that have played out in Sochi? - as the stirring contest was declared over.
""Mentally, I'm a lot more ready (than in previous world outings)," Whiting declared.