Tomasz Majewski beat some of the burliest athletes in track and field to become the first man since 1956 to retain an Olympic shot put title, so he was hardly going to let a pack of slender distance runners curb his celebration.
The 30-year-old Pole extended his winning margin to a meager three centimeters with the last shot in the final on Friday night, then raced across the track to see his coach and grab a national flag to drape over his shoulders. He got across a few seconds in front of the frontrunners in the women's 10,000-meters final.
He was the first non-American to win back-to-back titles, and the first man since Parry O'Brien in 1952 and '56 to repeat as champion.
''I'm very proud that I did it!'' said Majewski, basking on an exciting opening day of athletics competition in the London Games. ''Yeah, 50 years ago, Pat O'Brien did that and he was legend. So I take this. Very proud that I do it.''
Majewski was an unexpected winner in Beijing four years ago, and wasn't fa...