Cantwell won his first World Outdoor championship in 2009, edging Beijing champ Tomasz Majewski with a toss measuring 22.03 meters (72 feet, 3 inches). In 2008 Cantwell finished second at the Olympic Trials, then became the lone American to reach the medals stand in Beijing, gaining the silver medal with a final-round toss measuring 21.09 meters (69 feet, 2 inches).
Third time’s the charm:
Cantwell fouled on all three of his throws at the 2000 Olympic Trials. He fouled on five of his six attempts at the 2004 Trials, but his one legal toss was almost good enough as he fell just two inches short of making the U.S. team. In 2008 Cantwell was a solid second, behind Reese Hoffa and ahead of Adam Nelson, to earn his first trip to the Olympic Games.
Cantwell is a two-time World Indoor champion, winning in 2004 and 2008. He’s also won three U.S. Indoor championships (2004, 2007-08). Nevertheless, Cantwell has enjoyed success under the sun as well. Prior to 2009 his top finish at the World Outdoor Championships was fifth in 2005, the same year he won his lone U.S. outdoor title. He was ranked No. 1 in the world and had the world’s top four throws in 2004, including a personal best 73 feet, 11.5 inches. He had the top three throws in the world in 2006. Cantwell was ranked third in the world at the end of 2007.
Another putter on the way?:
A seven-time All-American at the University of Missouri – where he later became a volunteer assistant - Cantwell is married to the former Teri Steer, an Olympic shot putter in 2000. He and his wife were expecting their first child prior to the Beijing Games.
- Height: 6-5
- Weight: 300
- Birth date: September 30, 1980
- Hometown: Eldon, Missouri
- World Championships: Three (2004 and 2008, Indoor; 2009 Outdoor)