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Shot Put, Men

Date16 July 1908 — 14:30
StatusOlympic
LocationWhite City Stadium, London
Participants25 from 8 countries
Olympic Record 14.81 WR / Ralph Rose USA / 31 August 1904

Ralph Rose was the greatest shot putter of the pre-World War I era. For the time he was a massive 6-6¾ (2.00), weighing up to 285 lbs. (130 kg.). Rose was AAU shot put champion in 1907-1910 and had won the Olympic shot put gold medal at St. Louis in 1904. In his career, he set eight world records, ending with the first IAAF-recognized mark of 51-0 (15.54), set in San Francisco on 21 August 1909. Prior to Rose, the top putter in the world had been the Irishman, Denis Horgan. Born in Banteer, County Cork, Horgan’s career would see him win 13 British AAA shot put crowns - 1893-1899, 1904-05, 1908-10, and 1912. He was also AAU champion in 1900. He also won 17 Irish titles with the shot and 11 in other weight-throwing events. Horgan would possibly have won the shot put gold medal in the Olympics of 1900, 1904, and 1906 but he did not compete at those Olympics.

At London in 1908, Rose and Horgan competed against each other for the only known time, but Rose had little difficulty in turning back the aging Horgan’s challenge. Surprisingly, Rose did not approach his Olympic record of 48-7¼ (14.81) from St. Louis in 1904, or his world record of 49-7¼ (15.12). In an exhibition throw after the competition had entered, he recorded 47-2. Interestingly, no toe board was used in shot putting.

PosNrAthleteNOCDistanceDistance (Imp.)QualifyingFinal
1Ralph RoseUSA14.08 (1)14.21 (1)Gold
2Denis HorganGBR13.33 (2)13.62 (2)Silver
3Johnny GarrelsUSA13.18 (3)13.18 (3)Bronze
4Wesley CoeUSA13.07 (4)
5Ned BarrettGBR12.89 (5)
6Bill HorrUSA12.83 (6)
7Jalmari SauliFIN12.58 (7)
8Lee TalbottUSA11.63 (8)
ACJuho HalmeFIN– (AC)
ACCharles LagardeFRA– (AC)
ACHenry LeekeGBR– (AC)
ACIstván MudinHUN– (AC)
ACWilbur BurroughsUSA– (AC)
ACMartin SheridanUSA– (AC)
ACTom NicolsonGBR– (AC)
ACJames BarrettGBR– (AC)
ACMikhail DorizasGRE– (AC)
ACVerner JärvinenFIN– (AC)
ACHugo WieslanderSWE– (AC)
ACElmer NiklanderFIN– (AC)
ACBruno ZilliacusFIN– (AC)
ACAndré TisonFRA– (AC)
ACMiklós KovácsHUN– (AC)
ACNikolaos GeorgantasGRE– (AC)
ACArne HalseNOR– (AC)
DNSFrantišek VyskocilBOH
DNSLajos VeresHUN
DNSAndrás KozlaHUN
DNSG. BaillardFRA
DNSKarl JankAUT
DNSThomas KirkwoodGBR
DNSWilliam KruegerUSA
DNSPaul GouvertFRA
DNSJohn SchommerUSA
DNSBen StephensonUSA
DNSIstván SzekelyhidyHUN
DNSKálmán KirchhofferHUN
DNSRaoul PaoliFRA
DNSH. HubinenBEL
DNSMoritz RasmussenDEN
DNSHans TronnerAUT
DNSFrantišek SoučekBOH
DNSMiroslav ŠusteraBOH
DNSCon WalshCAN
DNSSvend LangkjærDEN
DNSEvert JakobssonFIN
DNSJarl JakobssonFIN
DNSJohan KempFIN
DNSLauri PihkalaFIN
DNSAarne SalovaaraFIN
DNSLauri WilskmanFIN
DNSHenri JardinFRA
DNSFerenc JesinaHUN
DNSGyörgy LuntzerHUN
DNSImre MudinHUN
DNSUmberto AvattaneoITA
DNSDoug StupartRSA
DNSEric LemmingSWE
DNSTheodor NeijströmSWE
DNSOtto NilssonSWE
DNSJohn FlanaganUSA
DNSSimon GillisUSA
DNSAndré DésfargesFRA
DNSMihály DávidHUN
DNSOtto FrankeHUN

Qualifying Round (16 July 1908 — 14:30)

Each competitor was allowed three throws, after which the leading three were permitted a further three throws. The scheduled eight qualifying sections were consolidated into four pools.

PosAthleteNOCDistanceDistance (Imp.)
1Ralph RoseUSA14.0846-2½Q
2Denis HorganGBR13.3343-8¾Q
3Johnny GarrelsUSA13.1843-3Q
4Wesley CoeUSA13.0742-10½
5Ned BarrettGBR12.8942-3½
6Bill HorrUSA12.8342-1
7Jalmari SauliFIN12.5841-3½
8Lee TalbottUSA11.6338-2
ACJuho HalmeFIN
ACCharles LagardeFRA
ACHenry LeekeGBR
ACJames BarrettGBR
ACIstván MudinHUN
ACWilbur BurroughsUSA
ACMartin SheridanUSA
ACTom NicolsonGBR
ACMikhail DorizasGRE
ACVerner JärvinenFIN
ACHugo WieslanderSWE
ACElmer NiklanderFIN
ACBruno ZilliacusFIN
ACAndré TisonFRA
ACMiklós KovácsHUN
ACNikolaos GeorgantasGRE
ACArne HalseNOR

Qualifying Round, Group A (16 July 1908)

PosAthleteNOCDistanceDistance (Imp.)
1Wesley CoeUSA13.0742-10½
2Jalmari SauliFIN12.5841-3½
3Lee TalbottUSA11.6338-2
ACJuho HalmeFIN
ACCharles LagardeFRA
ACHenry LeekeGBR
ACJames BarrettGBR
ACIstván MudinHUN

Qualifying Round, Group B (16 July 1908)

PosAthleteNOCDistanceDistance (Imp.)
1Johnny GarrelsUSA13.1843-3
2Bill HorrUSA12.8342-1
ACWilbur BurroughsUSA
ACMartin SheridanUSA
ACTom NicolsonGBR
ACMikhail DorizasGRE
ACVerner JärvinenFIN
ACHugo WieslanderSWE

Qualifying Round, Group C (16 July 1908)

PosAthleteNOCDistanceDistance (Imp.)
1Denis HorganGBR13.3343-8¾
2Ned BarrettGBR12.8942-3½
ACElmer NiklanderFIN
ACBruno ZilliacusFIN

Qualifying Round, Group D (16 July 1908)

PosAthleteNOCDistanceDistance (Imp.)
1Ralph RoseUSA14.0846-2½
ACAndré TisonFRA
ACMiklós KovácsHUN
ACNikolaos GeorgantasGRE
ACArne HalseNOR

Final Round (16 July 1908)

PosAthleteNOCDistanceDistance (Imp.)
1Ralph RoseUSA14.2146-7½
2Denis HorganGBR13.6244-8¼
3Johnny GarrelsUSA13.1843-3