‘Making it fun’ – Whiting donates world indoor title uniform to MOWA – World Athletics

Ryan Whiting headed to the World Indoor Championships in the Polish coastal resort of Sopot in 2014 as clear favourite to retain the crown he had claimed in Istanbul two years previously.

At the US Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, the Pennsylvanian had uncorked a stunning 22.23m, the fifth best men’s indoor shot mark in history at that time.

Having finished the 2013 outdoor season at the top of the world list but with ‘only’ silver from the World Championships in Moscow, where Germany’s David Storl took the gold, Whiting was determined to secure a second global indoor title to reaffirm his standing as the world’s pre-eminent male shot putter.

The final proved to be a gripping affair, Storl snatching an opening round lead with 21.35m, Whiting hitting back with 21.47m and his German rival – twice a world champion outdoors – responding with 21.79m in the second round.

It took a mighty fourth-round effort of 22.05m to settle the outcome in favour of a mightily relieved Whiting.

“I came in the favourite and I’m glad I just did execute this time, because I was the favourite last summer and didn’t,” he said.

World Athletics Heritage is proud that one of the recent giants of the shot has generously donated the tee-shirt, number and implement he used in the process of taking a grip on pole position in Poland, as well as a competition number from Istanbul two years before.

Whiting’s artefacts are now on display in the 3D virtual Museum of World Athletics (MOWA) and will be exhibited in March during the World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade 22.

Whiting – Walsh: ‘Common ground wherever we go’

Taking bronze behind Whiting in Sopot was New Zealand’s Tomas Walsh.

Looking back now, three years into his retirement, 35-year-old Whiting will doubtless reflect with satisfaction on one of the high points of his international career – and with great affection on the emergence of the young Kiwi who has since become one of the big shots of the event, and with whom he has forged a close personal and business relationship.

Whiting and Walsh had already become acquainted before they clashed in Sopot.

Their first encounter was at the Athletissima Diamond League meeting in Lausanne in July 2013. Whiting prevailed with 21.88m. Walsh, making his Diamond League debut, was eighth with 19.61m.

At the 2014 World Indoor Championships the following March, Whiting was at the top of his game at 27. Walsh was making his senior international championship debut six days past his 22nd birthday.

In the final round, in his first ever competition indoors, Walsh snatched the bronze medal from the big home hope, two-time Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski, in dramatic style.

Walsh improved the New Zealand indoor record for a fourth time in the course of the qualifying competition and the final, his 21.26m heave nudging Majewski down to fourth with 21.04m. In doing so, the pride of South Canterbury Athletic Club also broke the Oceania indoor record.

Whiting had already taken the young Kiwi under his wing as a mentoring pal, the pair having fast formed a kinship that stretched well beyond the shot put circle.

“Ryan was a guy that I looked up to,” Walsh reflected in an interview with FloTrack in 2018. “Back in 2013, he was at the top of the game at that point in time, and I was …….

Source: https://www.worldathletics.org/heritage/news/ryan-whiting-mowa-donate-world-indoor-uniform-shot-put

Ryan Whiting headed to the World Indoor Championships in the Polish coastal resort of Sopot in 2014 as clear favourite to retain the crown he had claimed in Istanbul two years previously.

At the US Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, the Pennsylvanian had uncorked a stunning 22.23m, the fifth best men’s indoor shot mark in history at that time.

Having finished the 2013 outdoor season at the top of the world list but with ‘only’ silver from the World Championships in Moscow, where Germany’s David Storl took the gold, Whiting was determined to secure a second global indoor title to reaffirm his standing as the world’s pre-eminent male shot putter.

The final p…….

Ryan Whiting headed to the World Indoor Championships in the Polish coastal resort of Sopot in 2014 as clear favourite to retain the crown he had claimed in Istanbul two years previously.

At the US Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, the Pennsylvanian had uncorked a stunning 22.23m, the fifth best men’s indoor shot mark in history at that time.

Having finished the 2013 outdoor season at the top of the world list but with ‘only’ silver from the World Championships in Moscow, where Germany’s David Storl took the gold, Whiting was determined to secure a second global indoor title to reaffirm his standing as the world’s pre-eminent male shot putter.

The final p…….

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