Silver medalist Joe Kovacs of Team United States, gold medalist Ryan Crouser of Team United States and bronze medalist Tom Walsh of Team New Zealand stand on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men’s shot put on day thirteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 05, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
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  • Team USA's Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs and Team New Zealand's Tom Walsh took home gold, silver, and bronze medals, respectively, in the shot put event in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
  • Crouser, Kovacs, and Walsh placed in the exact same podium positions in the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.
  • This is the first time in history that an individual podium at two consecutive Olympics has been the same.
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Three Olympic shot putters took home the exact same medals on Thursday as they did at the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.

This is the first time in history that the same athletes have taken home the same medals in individual events at back-to-back Olympic Games, the Olympics said on Twitter.

Team USA's Ryan Crouser took home gold in the Tokyo Games and in Rio de Janeiro, while Team USA's Joe Kovacs took home silver, and Team New Zealand's Tom Walsh won bronze.

Crouser broke his own Olympic record to win gold on Tuesday, and held a note honouring his late grandfather following his win.

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