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Shot Put, Men

Date27 April 1906
StatusIntercalated
LocationPanathinaiko Stadio, Athina
Participants17 from 8 countries
FormatFinal only.
Olympic Record 14.81 WR / Ralph Rose USA / 31 August 1904

The shot put had probably the weakest field of any of the track & field events, as the world’s two dominant shot putters were missing, Ralph Rose of the United States, and Denis Horgan of Ireland. Horgan had been AAA champion in 1893-99 and 1904-05, and would win again in 1908-1910. Rose was the Olympic champion in 1904, 1908, and 1912 in this event, and won the AAU championship in 1907-1910.

The rules in force were those of the United States, rather than Britain. The jury had a difficult time deciding who was putting the shot and who was throwing it, the primary offender apparently being the Finn, Verner Järvinen, who was favored in Rose/Horgan’s absence, but had no fair efforts. In the absence of the world’s top putters, Martin Sheridan won the event, but his mark was mediocre. Either Rose or Horgan would have surpassed it easily.

PosNrAthleteNOCDistance
1615Martin SheridanUSA12.325Gold
2787Mihály DávidHUN11.830Silver
3381Eric LemmingSWE11.260Bronze
4683André TisonFRA11.020
5529Vasilios PapageorgiouGRE11.000
AC827Leopold LahnerAUT
AC869Franz SolarAUT
AC887Josef WittmannAUT
AC285Verner JärvinenFIN
AC1Heikki ÅhlmanFIN
AC142André DésfargesFRA
AC323Carl KaltenbachGER
AC730Julius WagnerGER
AC37Nikolaos AnagnostopoulosGRE
AC45Ioannis VaranakisGRE
AC833István MudinHUN
AC176Robert EdgrenUSA
DNS440I. MathioudakhisGRE
DNS80Ole ByeNOR
DNS412Jim MitchelUSA
DNS71Christian BuschGER
DNS158Mikhail DorizasGRE
DNS865Gyula StrauszHUN
DNS772Henri BaurAUT
DNS159Willy DörrGER
DNS34Stavros AntoniadisGRE
DNS661S. SaddopoulosGRE
DNS294G. GiannoudovardisGRE
DNS879Arturo TirelliITA
DNS821Periklis KakousisGRE
DNS329Joseph KrämerGER
DNS619František SoučekBOH
DNS223Nikolaos GeorgantasGRE
DNS477Otto NilssonSWE
DNS107Ellery ClarkUSA
DNS616Dick SheldonUSA
DNS846Theodor ScheidlAUT
DNS18Epaminonas AnezakisCRT