Adam Nelson puts #3 all-time

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  1. highschoolcoach

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    Note: Adam Nelson is listed as 6-0, 255 lbs. in his USATF profile, hardly a giant.

    With massive 22.40m put (about 73'6"), Nelson improves to No. 3 all-time

    Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - Arkansas will always have a special place in Adam Nelson's heart. It is especially so after his victory in the Shot Put in the Tyson Invitational on Friday night (15 Feb.)

    Throwing in front of a large entourage of family members, and a near-record crowd of 4519 at the Tyson Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas, Nelson won the Shot Put with a monstrous 22.40m performance to move into third position on the all-time global performance list with the world's best throw since 1989.

    The effort topped Nelson's world-leading mark of 22.07 in the Millrose Games in New York on 1 Feb. and continued his ascent up the all-time list.

    Nelson now only trails compatriot Randy Barnes' World record of 22.66 and Ulf Timmermann's (GDR) mark of 22.55. Both marks were set in 1989. Nelson entered the season with an indoor best of 21.66 set in 2005.

    Nelson anticipated an even better throw than the one that he unleashed in the four-throw competition on Friday. Nelson said he is using a disappointing showing in 2007 as his motivation for 2008.

    "I underperformed significantly from a lack of competitions and really not adequate planning," Nelson said. "But this year, I am in the best shape I have been in and I am ready for something big and I was actually thinking that I could have gone a lot farther than I did tonight.A lot farther."

    That mark could come next week in the USATF Indoor Championships in Boston, on 23-24 Feb., which will serve as the qualifying competition for the U.S. team for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Valencia, Spain, 7-9 March.

    "The indoor season is a great preparation for outdoor season," Nelson said. "A lot of are training through the indoor season. If this is indicative of what I can do in the outdoor season, I am really excited about that.''
     
  2. Guest

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    The problem with throwing is that everybody who can throw is usually throwing footballs and baseballs.
     
  3. jaxvid

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    Is putting really throwing? Try to sneak a fastball by a batter after tucking the ball under your chin and thrusting your arm out straight. Although I do admit the average shot putter can "throw" better then Tavarious Jackson.
     
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    That's an interesting question. I've beengiving this a lot of thought. Imagine an equilateral triangle with... oh never mind. It gets too complicated.
     
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    Where's Jervey Got Gypped when you need him? [​IMG]
     

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