Delsea graduate Josh Awotunde threw a historic PR of 72-2 in the shot put Saturday in Italy, moving him up from 19th to 15th in U.S. history.

Awotunde, competing for Shore Athletic Conference, became the 15th U.S. thrower in history to reach 22 meters at the 2021 Meeting Città di Padova 2021, which is a World Athletics continental tour bronze level series event. Padova is about 25 miles west of Venice.

His throw is No. 30 in world history.

Awotunde won the event over Italian Zane Weir, who threw 70-11 1/2 for second place.

Awotunde’s previous PR was 71-7 3/4 when he placed fifth at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., in June. His best throw coming into this year was 69-3 3/4 in April of 2019 in Los Angeles.

His 72-2 would have placed fourth in the Olympic Games in Tokyo last month.

Awotunde’s throw ranks him 6th in the world this year behind five 2021 Olympians, including four finalists.

Full series info for Awotunde was not listed on the World Athletics’ results page. Still working on that!

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