Jul 14, 2012; London, UNITED KINGDOM; Tomasz Majewski (POL) finishes second in the shot put at 69-9 3/4 (21.28m) in the 2012 Aviva London Grand Prix at the Crystal Palace. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
Tomasz Majewski repeated as gold medalist in the shot put at the London 2012 Olympics.
Tomasz Majewski, the gold medal winner in the shot put in Beijing, has repeated as champion of the event at the London 2012 Olympics. Even though he was the defending champion, Majewski was not the clear favorite heading into the event. He had gold won before he stepped up for his final shot, then unleashed a throw that improved on his already medal-winning difference.
Majewski has not won a major competition since 2009 and finished 9th at the 2011 World Championships. He won the meet with a distance of 21.89 meters. Heading into his final shot, he had a distance of 21.87 meters. David Storl, the reigning world champion from Germany, finished in second place to take the silver medal with a distance of 21.86 meters.
Well behind the top two was American Reese Hoffa, who captured the bronze with a distance of 21.23 meters. The day was a heartbreaking one for his fellow American competitor Christian Cantwell, who barely missed out on the podium with a distance of 21.19 meters.
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