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Golden shoe the recipe for Aussie shot victory

31 July 2002

Shot putter Justin Anlezark beat the favourites with a last minute throw using a secret recipe for victory, a golden shoe.

Justin Anlezark

Justin Anlezark goes for his winning shot

In his last attempt of the competition Anlezark throw the winner a staggering 20.91m, which was also a personal record.

The recipe for a gold medal is according to Anlezark a shoe and some paint.

He said: “I said to my coach that I should paint the tip of my shoe.”

“In training I watch my shoe – my right foot come around and then under me. If I don’t watch, I throw crap. If I watch, I throw big.”

“The last throw was just so easy, just so perfect. It was a dream throw, it was just so awesome to get it out there. I had no idea it went that far.”

“On the last one I watched it all the way and, hit the middle and I just drove the shit out of the shot,” he added.

Silver medallist and gold favourite Janus Robberts of South Africa said: “The circle was slippery and it was hard to find my rhythm.

"I was hoping for a medal but I’ve been struggling recently with an injury to my hand,” he added.

England’s Carl Myerscough, who also competes in discus, got the bronze medal with a throw of 19.91.

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