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Shot Put, Men

Date31 August 1904
StatusOlympic
LocationFrancis Field, Washington University, St. Louis
Participants8 from 2 countries
FormatFinal only.

The first event on 31 August was the shot put, and the betting choice was Ralph Rose, who held the world’s record but was yet to win a major championship. With Ireland’s Denis Horgan, the top non-American, not in attendance, Rose’s main competition was expected to be several times AAA champion, Wesley Coe. The two made a Mutt-and-Jeff pair as Rose stood 6’6), weighing 265 lbs., while Coe was only 5’10) and weighed 210 lbs.

Rose opened the competition and threw 47’, while Coe opened with a mark described only as less than 46’. On the first throw of the finals, Rose put the shot 47’1”, to extend his lead slightly, only to see Coe take the lead with 47’3”. On his fifth attempt, Rose unleashed a new world’s record, throwing 48’7”, which held up to win.

PosNrAthleteNOCDistanceDistance (Imp.)
174Ralph RoseUSA14.8148-7Gold=WR
2162Wesley CoeUSA14.4047-3SilverOR
3161Lawrence FeuerbachUSA13.3743-10½Bronze
4140Martin SheridanUSA12.3940-8
5156Charles ChadwickUSA
6130Albert JohnsonUSA
755Jack GuineyUSA
AC14Nikolaos GeorgantasGREDQ