“I am happy to give another gold to the U.S. in the shot put and to start the year on the right foot,” Whiting said. “I know it will be easier from now on.”
Outdoor world champion David Storl, of Germany, took silver with a throw of 71-9½ and Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski claimed bronze with a Polish national record of 71-3¼.
Former Lakeside and University of Georgia standout Reese Hoffa, of the U.S., finished fourth with a throw of 70 feet, 7⅔ inches.
In the pentathlon, Nataliya Dobrynska, of Ukraine, set a world record, showing she is ready for a repeat Olympic gold medal at the London Games.
The 2008 heptathlon champion upstaged defending champion Jessica Ennis and Tatyana Chernova with a sterling long jump and a gutsy concluding 800 meters to become the first woman to break the 5,000-point mark in the five-event discipline.
Dobrynska beat the 20-year-old mark of Irina Belova with a score of 5,013 points. The old record was 4,991 points.
In a packed program, Ethiopian great Meseret Defar set off on her quest to become the first female athlete to win five world indoor gold medals in a row, easily winning her 3,000 heat.