Cantwell’s throw No. 1

Sunday, May 23, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:28 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Christian Cantwell is on top of the world.

Cantwell, a former Missouri athlete from Eldon, won the shot put competition at the Home Depot Invitational on Saturday with a 73-foot, 4-inch throw, the world’s leading mark this year, in Carson, Calif.

The throw puts Cantwell sixth in U.S. history and into the top 10 worldwide. All six of his throws were longer than 70 feet, the second time that has happened.

Cantwell won with his third throw.

“For the first time after this throw, I didn’t yell,” Cantwell said. “As soon as I let it go, I knew it was a monster and said, ‘There it is.”‘

Cantwell has won 12 consecutive shot put titles. His record had been 72-1/4, which he achieved in February during the Missouri All-Comers indoor meet.

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