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Shot Put, Men

Date10 July 1912
StatusOlympic
LocationStockholms Olympiastadion, Stockholm
Participants22 from 14 countries

Since 1904, the world’s top shot putter had been Ralph Rose. He had won the Olympic gold medal in both 1904 and 1908 and had set eight world records between 1904 and 1908. His last, and final world record, was 15.54 (51-0), set at a meeting of the Olympic Club in San Francisco on 21 August 1909. He was still dominant, winning the AAU title in 1909 and 1910, but that was his last major title. In 1911 Pat McDonald (né McDonnell) won the AAU Championship after having finished second to Rose in 1910. McDonald would win the AAU title again in 1912 and 1914. At the 1912 U.S. Olympic Trials, Rose won the western trial while McDonald won the eastern trial. The battle for world shot put supremacy would certainly come down to these two at Stockholm.

In the qualifying, Rose seemed ready to resume his dominance, setting an Olympic record of 14.98 on his first effort, and raising that to 15.25 with his third put to easily lead the qualifying. Pat McDonald was far behind at that point. He led Group Three of the qualifying, but posted a mark of almost ½-metre behind Rose - 14.78. In the final, McDonald took the lead with his first put, setting a new Olympic record of 15.34. Rose could not improve his qualifying mark and had to settle for the silver medal.

PosNrAthleteNOCQualifyingFinal
1Pat McDonaldUSA14.78 (2)15.34 (1)GoldOR
2Ralph RoseUSA15.25 (1)15.25 (2)SilverOR
3Larry WhitneyUSA13.93 (3)13.93 (3)Bronze
4Elmer NiklanderFIN13.65 (4)
5George PhilbrookUSA13.13 (5)
6Imre MudinHUN12.81 (6)
7Einar NilssonSWE12.62 (7)
8Paddy QuinnGBR12.53 (8)
9André TisonFRA12.41 (9)
10Paavo AhoFIN12.40 (10)
11Mikhail DorizasGRE12.05 (11)
12Aurelio LenziITA11.57 (12)
13Josef SchäfferAUT11.44 (13)
14Karl von HaltGER11.16 (14)
15František Janda-SukBOH11.15 (15)
16Raoul PaoliFRA11.11 (16)
17Marcel PelletierLUX11.04 (17)
18Paul WillführGER10.90 (18)
19Mkrtich MkryanTUR10.63 (19)
20Ēriks VanagsRUS10.44 (20)
21Arvīds Ozols-BernēRUS10.33 (21)
22Charles LagardeFRA9.41 (22)
DNSErik SvenssonSWE
DNSAngelo PedrelliITA
DNSJanne AnderssonSWE
DNSAl ReichUSA
DNSPietro ErculeiITA
DNSGéza PogányHUN
DNSVencheslav OstrukhovRUS
DNSWill ZieglerUSA
DNSArthur BartlettUSA
DNSHenry KlagesUSA
DNSRussell BeattyUSA
DNSAugust KihlartRUS
DNSHerbert ThatcherUSA
DNSKálmán KirchhofferHUN
DNSKarl MichlAUT
DNSGustave LemassonFRA
DNSGustave AmolyFRA
DNSArthur KohlerUSA
DNSSzilárd JoanovitsHUN
DNSPierre FailliotFRA
DNSNed BarrettGBR
DNSTom NicolsonGBR
DNSAlex AbrahamGER
DNSJosef WaitzerGER
DNSNikolaos GeorgantasGRE
DNSRezső UjlakiHUN
DNSUmberto AvattaneoITA
DNSCarlo ButtiITA
DNSGiuseppe TugnoliITA
DNSEric LemmingSWE
DNSCarl Johan LindSWE
DNSEmil MagnussonSWE
DNSHenning MöllerSWE
DNSGunnar NilssonSWE
DNSOtto NilssonSWE
DNSRobert OlssonSWE
DNSHugo WieslanderSWE
DNSArlie MucksUSA
DNSAndré DésfargesFRA

Qualifying Round (10 July 1912 — 9:30)

Qualifiers were separated into four groups, but Groups One and Two were combined into one group. Top three throwers qualified for the final.

PosAthleteNOCDistance
1Ralph RoseUSA15.25QOR
2Pat McDonaldUSA14.78Q
3Larry WhitneyUSA13.93Q
4Elmer NiklanderFIN13.65
5George PhilbrookUSA13.13
6Imre MudinHUN12.81
7Einar NilssonSWE12.62
8Paddy QuinnGBR12.53
9André TisonFRA12.41
10Paavo AhoFIN12.40
11Mikhail DorizasGRE12.05
12Aurelio LenziITA11.57
13Josef SchäfferAUT11.44
14Karl von HaltGER11.16
15František Janda-SukBOH11.15
16Raoul PaoliFRA11.11
17Marcel PelletierLUX11.04
18Paul WillführGER10.90
19Mkrtich MkryanTUR10.63
20Ēriks VanagsRUS10.44
21Arvīds Ozols-BernēRUS10.33
22Charles LagardeFRA9.41

Qualifying Round, Group A (10 July 1912 — 9:30)

PosAthleteNOCDistance
1Larry WhitneyUSA13.93
2Imre MudinHUN12.81
3Einar NilssonSWE12.62
4Paddy QuinnGBR12.53
5Paavo AhoFIN12.40
6Mikhail DorizasGRE12.05
7Karl von HaltGER11.16
8František Janda-SukBOH11.15

Qualifying Round, Group B (10 July 1912 — 9:30)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3
1Ralph RoseUSA15.2514.9814.6815.25OR
2Elmer NiklanderFIN13.6513.52×13.65
3Josef SchäfferAUT11.4411.44××
4Raoul PaoliFRA11.119.8110.6111.11
5Marcel PelletierLUX11.0410.6811.04×
6Paul WillführGER10.90××10.90
7Mkrtich MkryanTUR10.6310.33×10.63
8Arvīds Ozols-BernēRUS10.33×10.33×

Qualifying Round, Group C (10 July 1912 — 9:30)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3
1Pat McDonaldUSA14.7814.5414.2714.78
2George PhilbrookUSA13.1312.8413.13×
3André TisonFRA12.41×11.7412.41
4Aurelio LenziITA11.5710.5211.2511.57
5Ēriks VanagsRUS10.44××10.44
6Charles LagardeFRA9.419.41××

Final Round (10 July 1912)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3
1Pat McDonaldUSA15.3415.34OR
2Ralph RoseUSA15.2514.96
3Larry WhitneyUSA13.93