DELSEA’S JOSH AWOTUNDE BOMBS #4 SHOT PUT IN THE WORLD THIS YEAR, MAKES U.S. TEAM FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!!!!!!!!

Delsea graduate Josh Awotunde his first U.S. national team and will compete in the Indoor World Championships after placing 2nd at USATF Nationals Sunday with a monster PR.

On his second throw at the Podium in Spokane, Awotunde threw the 16-pound shot 71-4, good for second behind world record holder and two-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Crouser, who won the event with a world-leading 73-10 ¼.

The top two finishers in each event at U.S. Nationals this weekend form the U.S. team that will travel to World Indoors March 18-20 at Štark Arena in Belgrade, Serbia.

Awotunde’s previous PR was 70-7 ½ from earlier this month in Louisville. He moved up from No. 20 to No. 13 in U.S. history and threw half a foot of his outdoor PR of 72-2 set in Italy in September, No. 15 in U.S. history.

His 71-4 is No. 4 in the world this year, behind Crouser on Sunday and Filip Mihaljević of Croatia [71-7 ¾ ] and Konra Bukowiecki of Poland [71-7 ½] both from a meet in Toruń, Poland, last weekend.

His throw is also No. 74 in world history.

Awotunde finished his series with a 68-4 ¼ and another 70-foot throw, a 70-2 ¼ on his fourth attempt. He fouled on his last two throws.

He’s now surpassed 70 feet four times in his last two meets after taking a PR of 69-11 ¾ into February, a four-year-old PR from the 2018 SEC Championships at College Station, Texas, while he was competing for South Carolina.

Awotunde finished more than two feet ahead of 3rd-place Roger Steen, a former NCAA Division 3 champion at Wisconsin Eau Claire.

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