Joe Kovacs wins shot put final to give U.S. first gold at worlds

BEIJING -- Joe Kovacs won the shot put final at the world championships Sunday by defeating two-time defending champion David Storl of Germany to give the United States its first gold medal of the meet.

Kovacs threw 21.93 meters on his penultimate attempt to hold a 19-centimeter edge over Storl.

O'Dayne Richards of Jamaica took bronze with 21.69.