Adrian Piperi did more than just win the World Youth shot put title during his recent trip to the IAAF youth championships. He also set a new U.S. record.
Piperi, the Woodlands star, threw 22 meters to set a new U.S. record while also earning spot in the all-time youth top-1o list. His throw was a full .23 meters farther than his closest competitor, Poland’s Szymon Mazur.
Speaking with MileSplit after his record throw, Piperi said his new record was still settling in.
“I’m speechless, honestly, because it’s it hasn’t come to my mind yet that I have actually won yet,” Piperi told the track website.
In a unique twist Piperi didn’t just throw a shot put 22 meters, he did it twice, matching his second round throw on his third and final hurl.
“I was a little disappointed but I’m glad that I ended on a good throw,” Piperi told MileSplit.
Given Piperi’s rapid progress, that won’t be the last terrific throw he earns plaudits for.