When the 2021 indoor athletics season concluded in early March, three new men’s world records had been set.
These included two of the oldest records on the books, both of which were eclipsed by athletes from the, NACAC, region.
American Ryan Crouser put down an all-time performance in the men’s shot put, going 22.82 metres at the American Track League in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in January.
That bettered the 1989 mark of 22.66 metres from Randy Barnes.
Meanwhile, Grant Holloway ran 7.29 seconds for the 60-metre hurdles at the World Athletics Indoor Tour in Madrid, in February.
That surpassed Colin Jackson’s 7.30 seconds, set in 1994.
Crouser’s erasing of a 32-year-old mark gave him the award for the most outstanding male athlete of the year of the 2021 indoor season.
Reigning Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo was chosen as NACAC’s most outstanding female athlete. The Bahamian ended the indoor season as the world leader in the 400 with a national record run of 50.21 seconds.
Miller-Uibo was also impressive in the 200 metres, earning second spot on the global list with a 22.40 clocking—also a Bahamas record.