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United States' Ryan Crouser celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's shot put final, during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Track & Field

Texas ex Ryan Crouser advances to IAAF World Championships final

Posted August 5th, 2017

Texas ex Ryan Crouser cruised to the final round of the men’s shot put at the 2017 IAAF World Championships on Saturday morning in London.

Crouser, the No. 1-ranked shot putter in the world, needed only one attempt to surpass the automatic qualifying mark and advance to the final. He threw 20.90 meters (68 feet, 7 inches), which was the sixth-best toss across the two qualifying flights.

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He is listed ninth on the start list for the final, which begins at 2:35 p.m. CT on Sunday and will be televised live on NBC. Fans interested in watching the shot put exclusively can do so using an NBC Sports Gold subscription.

Crouser has four of the top five marks in the world this year, and his best throw of 22.65 meters (74-3.75) at the U.S. Track and Field Championships in June ranks No. 7 all time. Crouser won gold last summer at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Also competing Sunday will be Chrisann Gordon, who recently won the NCAA championship in the 400 meters during her senior season with the Longhorns. Gordon, who competes for Jamaica internationally, is slated to run in the 400 meter preliminaries at 5:55 a.m.

It will be her first individual appearance at a world championship after helping Jamaica win silver in the 4×400 at the 2016 Olympics and gold in 2015.

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