Joe Kovacs wins shot put gold at worlds with wife as coach

/ 05:23 PM October 06, 2019
Joe Kovacs

Joe Kovacs, of the United States, competes in the men’s shot put final to win the championship record for gold at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

DOHA, Qatar — In one ear, American shot putter Joe Kovacs heard a technical tip from his coach. In the other, his wife weighing in to take a deep breath.

All that feedback before Kovacs’ final toss at world championships came from the same person. Kovacs’ wife is his coach, as well.


After winning a gold medal Saturday night, he owes her dinner. Maybe two.

“She earned it,” Kovacs said. “I owe her big time for this one.”


Kovacs threw a championship-record 22.91 meters and took home the gold by 1 centimeter. Teammate Ryan Crouser was second and Tomas Walsh of New Zealand took third with throws (each went 22.90) that would’ve won any other world championship.

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