COLUMBIA – Christian Cantwell, already a four-time IAAF World Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist, is currently putting together one of his finest seasons under the direction of Missouri head coach Brett Halter.
So far in 2010, Cantwell owns the world’s top two shot put marks this season, three of the top five and six of the top 10. He threw the world’s best 2010 mark of 22.41m (73-6 ¼) earlier this season in Eugene, Ore., at the Prefontaine Classic. That mark is a foot better than the Cory Martin’s top mark in 2010. Martin’s mark is currently the third-best in the world this season, trailing both of Cantwell’s top two marks.
Cantwell also clinched the Samsung Diamond Race title in Stockholm, Sweden, after resetting the meet record with a throw of 22.09m (72-5 ¾). That win, along with his wins in Doha, Oslo, Rome and Eugene clinched him the title in the Samsung Diamond Series. He will wrap up the Diamond League this Friday (Aug. 27) in Brussels, Belgium. He will be one of nine shot putters looking to win the event title.