Posted August 03, 2012 on AP on Fox
Tomasz Majewski of Poland successfully defended his Olympic shot put title, winning the first gold medal of the track and field program at the London Games with a throw of 21.89 meters on Friday. The 30-year-old Majewski, who upset the odds to take gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, took the lead by 1 centimeter from world champion David Storl with his third attempt. He improved his margin to 3 centimeters with his last attempt. The 22-year-old Storl earned the silver medal with a toss of 21.86 and Reese Hoffa won the bronze at 21.23 for the United States, which has not won an Olympic men's shot put title since Randy Barnes in 1996.
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