The 28-year-old reigning Olympic champion exceeded fellow American Randy Barnes’ previous record of 23.12m, which had stood for more than 30 years, electrifying the crowd in Eugene, Oregon.
“The second it left my hand I knew it was good,” he told reporters. “It wasn’t a perfect throw.”
“It was a weight lifted,” he said. “I knew it was possible since 2017.”
Joe Kovacs grabbed second in 22.34m, while Payton Otterdahl threw 21.92m to claim the last two of America’s three shot put spots for Tokyo.
A native Oregonian, it was only fitting that Crouser bring the newly renovated Hayward Field its first-ever world record.
The achievement brought a jolt of excitement as the US trials began, with hopefuls across track and field disciplines vying for spots on Team USA with the year-delayed Tokyo Games set to begin in July.