| Event type

Shot Put, Men

Date15 August 2008
LocationBeijing Guojia Tiyuchang, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants44 from 34 countries
Olympic Record 22.47 / Ulf Timmermann GDR / 23 September 1988

The American threesome of Adam Nelson, Christian Cantwell, and Reese Hoffa was considered dominant and an American sweep seemed to be a real possibility. In the end they were left gasping just to get any medal. All three qualified easily but the problems were highlighted by Nelson, gold medalist in 2004, who fouled three times and did not advance, with no fair mark in the final. The leader in round one was Pole Tomasz Majewski with 20.80 (68-3), but Belarussian Andrey Mikhnevich moved ahead in round two with 21.05 (69-0¾). Canada’s Dylan Armstrong moved into second with 21.04 (69-0½) and Cantwell moved into third with 20.98 (68-10). Majewski came back in the third stanza, taking the lead with 21.21 (69-7) which would eventually be good enough for the gold medal. Cantwell, Armstrong, and Mikhnevich could not improve in rounds four or five, but Majewski did, tossing 21.51 (70-7), the only 70-footer and the best mark of the competition. Going into the final round, no American was in a podium position, with Cantwell in fourth, and Hoffa standing seventh with 20.53 (67-4¼). Cantwell then came thru for the silver medal with a final round effort of 21.09 (69-2½), preventing the vaunted American threesome from being shut out. Majewski’s previous best finish at a major competition had been fifth at the 2007 World Championships.

That was how the event and the results seemed to have ended. In 2015, however, the IOC began re-testing samples from the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, using newer, more advanced testing techniques, in an effort to find those who had used performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), but in whom it could not be detected at the time of those Olympics. This was one of the many events affected.

This original result would stand for five years but in 2013 it was announced that a retest of a urine sample given by Mikhnevich at the 2005 IAAF World Athletics Championships had, with the use of updated testing techniques, revealed the presence of no less than three banned substances. Since the Belarussian had previously served a doping ban between 2001 and 2003, this second offense was punishable by a lifetime suspension and all of his performances since the 2005 World Championships were automatically voided by the IAAF. In 2014 the Canadian Olympic Committee announced that the IOC had confirmed that Armstrong was promoted to the bronze medal position in place of Mikhnevich. Armstrong received his bronze medal on 15 February 2015, in his hometown of Kamloops, British Columbia, almost 7 years after the event had ended.

12599Tomasz MajewskiPOL21.04 (1)21.51 (1)Gold
23146Christian CantwellUSA20.48 (3)21.09 (2)Silver
31307Dylan ArmstrongCAN20.43 (4)21.04 (3)Bronze
43061Yuriy BilonohUKR20.16 (7)20.63 (4)
53284Reese HoffaUSA20.41 (5)20.53 (5)
62792Pavel SofyinRUS20.29 (6)20.42 (6)
72500Rutger SmithNED20.13 (8)20.41 (7)
81153Yury BialouBLR20.12 (9)20.06 (8)
AC r2/23208Adam NelsonUSA20.56 (2)– (AC)
10 r1/21862Peter SackGER20.01 (10)
11 r1/23091Andriy SemenovUKR20.01 (11)
12 r1/22181Dorian ScottJAM19.94 (12)
13 r1/21065Justin AnlezarkAUS19.91 (13)
14 r1/21140Hamza AlićBIH19.87 (14)
15 r1/22802Anton LyuboslavskyRUS19.87 (15)
16 r1/21623Manuel MartínezESP19.81 (16)
17 r1/22889Miran VodovnikSLO19.81 (17)
18 r1/21071Scott MartinAUS19.75 (18)
19 r1/21537Joachim OlsenDEN19.74 (19)
20 r1/21756Yves NiaréFRA19.73 (20)
21 r1/21484Carlos VélizCUB19.58 (21)
22 r1/22340Māris UrtānsLAT19.57 (22)
23 r1/21645Taavi PeetreEST19.57 (23)
24 r1/22316Sultan Abdulmajeed Al-HabshiKSA19.51 (24)
25 r1/21526Petr StehlíkCZE19.41 (25)
26 r1/21449Nedžad MulabegovićCRO19.35 (26)
27 r1/22933Milan HaborákSVK19.32 (27)
28 r1/21462Reinaldo ProenzaCUB19.20 (28)
29 r1/21034Germán LauroARG19.07 (29)
30 r1/22900Asmir KolašinacSRB19.01 (30)
31 r1/21997Lajos KürthyHUN18.74 (31)
32 r1/22421Ion EmilianovMDA18.64 (32)
33 r1/21963Mikhalis StamatogiannisGRE18.45 (33)
34 r1/21565Yasser FaragEGY18.42 (34)
35 r1/22653Marco FortesPOR18.05 (35)
36 r1/21323Marco Antonio VerniCHI17.96 (36)
37 r1/23000Chang Ming-HuangTPE17.43 (37)
AC r1/21695Robert HäggblomFIN– (AC)
AC r1/21276Georgi IvanovBUL– (AC)
AC r1/22038Amin NikfarIRI– (AC)
AC r1/21500Alexis PaumierCUB– (AC)
AC1150Andrei MikhnievichBLR20.48 (AC)21.05 (AC)DQ1
AC2793Ivan YushkovRUS20.02 (AC)19.67 (AC)DQ2
AC1155Paval LyzhynBLR20.36 (AC)20.98 (AC)DQ3
DNS1896Ralf BartelsGER– (DNS)

Qualifying Round (15 August 2008)

Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 20.40 metres advanced to the final.

PosAthleteNOCDistance2nd Best
1Tomasz MajewskiPOL21.04Q
2Adam NelsonUSA20.56Q
3Christian CantwellUSA20.4820.11Q
4Dylan ArmstrongCAN20.43Q
5Reese HoffaUSA20.41Q
6Pavel SofyinRUS20.29q
7Yuriy BilonohUKR20.16q
8Rutger SmithNED20.13q
9Yury BialouBLR20.12q
10Peter SackGER20.0119.76
11Andriy SemenovUKR20.0119.59
12Dorian ScottJAM19.94
13Justin AnlezarkAUS19.91
14Hamza AlićBIH19.8719.48
15Anton LyuboslavskyRUS19.8719.14
16Manuel MartínezESP19.8119.62
17Miran VodovnikSLO19.8118.72
18Scott MartinAUS19.75
19Joachim OlsenDEN19.74
20Yves NiaréFRA19.73
21Carlos VélizCUB19.58
22Māris UrtānsLAT19.5719.34
23Taavi PeetreEST19.57
24Sultan Abdulmajeed Al-HabshiKSA19.51
25Petr StehlíkCZE19.41
26Nedžad MulabegovićCRO19.35
27Milan HaborákSVK19.32
28Reinaldo ProenzaCUB19.20
29Germán LauroARG19.07
30Asmir KolašinacSRB19.01
31Lajos KürthyHUN18.74
32Ion EmilianovMDA18.64
33Mikhalis StamatogiannisGRE18.45
34Yasser FaragEGY18.42
35Marco FortesPOR18.05
36Marco Antonio VerniCHI17.96
37Chang Ming-HuangTPE17.43
ACRobert HäggblomFINNM
ACGeorgi IvanovBULNM
ACAmin NikfarIRINM
ACAlexis PaumierCUBNM
DNSRalf BartelsGER
ACAndrei MikhnievichBLR20.4820.38DQ Q4
ACIvan YushkovRUS20.02DQ q5
ACPaval LyzhynBLR20.36DQ q6

Qualifying Round, Group A (15 August 2008 — 9:05)

121Tomasz MajewskiPOL21.0421.04
25Christian CantwellUSA20.4820.1120.48
320Dylan ArmstrongCAN20.4320.43
48Reese HoffaUSA20.4120.41
516Pavel SofyinRUS20.2920.29××
63Yury BialouBLR20.12×20.1219.87
712Andriy SemenovUKR20.0118.9519.5920.01
89Hamza AlićBIH19.8719.3319.4819.87
915Anton LyuboslavskyRUS19.8719.14×19.87
1019Scott MartinAUS19.7519.75××
1111Joachim OlsenDEN19.7419.6219.6919.74
121Carlos VélizCUB19.5819.5819.2519.16
1310Māris UrtānsLAT19.5718.7819.5719.34
144Milan HaborákSVK19.32×19.32×
1518Germán LauroARG19.0719.07×18.96
1617Asmir KolašinacSRB19.0118.32×19.01
172Lajos KürthyHUN18.7418.38×18.74
187Mikhalis StamatogiannisGRE18.45×18.4518.30
196Marco Antonio VerniCHI17.96×17.96×
AC14Robert HäggblomFIN×××NM
AC13Georgi IvanovBUL×××NM
DNS22Ralf BartelsGER

Qualifying Round, Group B (15 August 2008 — 9:05)

112Adam NelsonUSA20.5620.56
218Yuriy BilonohUKR20.1619.9320.1619.57
37Rutger SmithNED20.1320.13×19.97
42Peter SackGER20.0119.76×20.01
519Dorian ScottJAM19.9419.5419.9419.71
622Justin AnlezarkAUS19.9119.9119.75×
78Manuel MartínezESP19.8119.6219.4519.81
810Miran VodovnikSLO19.8118.72×19.81
95Yves NiaréFRA19.73×19.73
1015Taavi PeetreEST19.57×19.57
1123Sultan Abdulmajeed Al-HabshiKSA19.51×18.6719.51
123Petr StehlíkCZE19.41×19.41×
1314Nedžad MulabegovićCRO19.3519.1119.3518.88
1413Reinaldo ProenzaCUB19.2019.1519.0619.20
156Ion EmilianovMDA18.6418.6418.27×
1617Yasser FaragEGY18.4218.37×18.42
179Marco FortesPOR18.05×18.05
1821Chang Ming-HuangTPE17.4316.1316.9817.43
AC11Amin NikfarIRI××NM
AC4Alexis PaumierCUB××NM
AC16Andrei MikhnievichBLR20.4820.3820.48DQ7
AC1Ivan YushkovRUS20.0220.0219.8320.00DQ8
AC20Paval LyzhynBLR20.3620.36××DQ9

Final Round (15 August 2008 — 21:00)

111/8/8Tomasz MajewskiPOL21.5120.8020.4721.2121.51×20.44
29/5/4Christian CantwellUSA21.0920.3920.9820.8820.8620.6921.09
312/6/6Dylan ArmstrongCAN21.0420.6221.04××20.47×
44/3/3Yuriy BilonohUKR20.6320.63×20.5320.4620.31×
55/2/2Reese HoffaUSA20.53×19.8120.5320.38××
610/1/1Pavel SofyinRUS20.4220.42×××××
76Rutger SmithNED20.4120.41×20.30
82Yury BialouBLR20.0620.06××
AC7Adam NelsonUSA×××NM
AC1/7/7Andrei MikhnievichBLR21.0520.7321.05×20.7820.5720.93DQ10
AC3Ivan YushkovRUS19.6719.6719.55×DQ11
AC8/4/5Paval LyzhynBLR20.9820.3320.1520.9820.9820.40×DQ12