EVENT: SHOT PUT
Place of birth: Johannesburg
DOB: 1 July 1989
Shot Put: 21.12 m
Shot Put (Indoor): 20.49 m
Shot Put (Indoor): 20.49 m, Sopot, March’14
Shot Put: 21.12 m, Potchefstroom, April’17
Shot Put: 20.13 m, Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, 2014
Shot Put: 19.96 m, Continental Cup, Marrakech, 2014
Shot Put: 20.49 m, World Indoor Championships, Sopot, 2014
Shot Put: 19.15 m, African Championships, Durban, 2016
Shot Put: 19.84 m, Marrakech, 2014
Shot Put: 19.19 m, Porto Novo, 2012
Shot Put: 18.27 m, Nairobi, 2010
A gentle giant with a thunderous bolt of power in his arm, Orazio Cremona is one of South Africa's all-time best shot putters.
He made an impact at continental level for the first time at the age of 21, securing the bronze medal at the 2010 African Championships, and two years later he went one better by earning silver at the next edition of the biennial showpiece.
After sending the shot sailing beyond 20 metres for the first time in 2013, Cremona broke new ground in 2014, claiming the African title and taking fourth place at the Commonwealth Games. He went on to close out his campaign by finishing sixth at the Continental Cup.
Though he was unable to retain his African crown on home soil in Durban in 2016, settling for fifth place in a hard-fought final, he bounced back the following year.
At the 2017 SA Senior Championships in Potchefstroom, Cremona launched a massive 21.12m heave to become only the second South African athlete to shatter the 21-metre barrier after national record holder Janus Robberts.
Cremona competed at three successive editions of the World Championships between 2013 and 2017, and while he did not progress beyond the qualifying rounds, his steady improvement in recent years has indicated his tremendous potential at the highest level.