Cantwell’s streak hits 14

Sunday, June 20, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:14 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

Christian Cantwell has again proved he is consistent.

Cantwell, a Missouri graduate, won his 14th straight shot put title, throwing 71 feet, 4 inches on Saturday at the 2004 Nike Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore.

On Friday, Cantwell won the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Titan Games in Atlanta with a 73-4 throw.

At the Prefontaine Classic, Cantwell threw his best on his third throw to beat Adam Nelson (70-6 1/2), the Australian Olympic silver medalist. Cantwell also beat Resse Hoffa (66-10 1/2), the 2004 world indoor silver medalist. It was the seventh straight time Hoffa finished second to Cantwell.

Cantwell’s throw at the Titan Games, an exhibition of several of the sports that will take place at the Olympic Games, was the third time he has thrown at least 73 feet this month, making him the first American to do so. Great Britain’s Ulf Timmermann threw farther than 73 feet three times in September 1988.

The Prefontaine Classic was the fourth and final meet on the USA Track & Field’s Outdoor Golden Spike Tour before the Olympic Trials on July 9-18 in Sacramento, Calif.

On June 5 at the Adidas Oregon Track Classic, Cantwell produced the world-leading throw this year and the eighth farthest overall at 73-11 1/2.

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