Tom Walsh, Joe Kovacs and Stipe Zunic speak at Men's Shot Put Presser, 2017 London World Championships Press Conference

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Walsh_TomFL-WC17.JPGTom Walsh, gold medalist, shot put, NZ, photo by PhotoRun.net

The shot put is a dynamic event featuring the fastest and strongest throwers of the world. The shot put is a universal event and is followed everywhere. Shot putters are, as a whole, very colorful characters, who like to throw sixteen pound metal balls as far as they can. They spends ten to fifteen years of their lives to perfect this esoteric skill.

Kovacs_JoeFL1a-WC17.JPGJoe Kovacs, silver medalist, USA, photo by PhotoRun.net

In London, with some very zealous officiating, the job is to, as always, get the longest legal throw off during the competition. That is what Tom Walsh did. His 22.03 meters was the longest legal throw of the event. Joe Kovacs took silver in 21.66 meters, and Stipe Zunic took the bronze, his first global medal, with a throw of 21.46 meters.

Zunic_StipeFL-WC17.JPGStipe Zunic, bronze, shot put, photo by PhotoRun.net

During the presser, Tom Walsh saw the humor in everything, as did Joe Kovacs and Stipe Zunic. There was a protect by both Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs prior to the presser. Both were thrown out, and the presser started.

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That adds a bit of tension to the video, but these three guys are athletic warriors, and they deserve our respect.

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