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Shot Put, Men

Date17 – 18 August 1920
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympisch Stadion, Antwerpen
Participants20 from 10 countries

The United States’ Pat McDonald was a likely favorite, having been U.S. champion in 1911, 1912, 1914, 1919 and 1920, but he had recently injured his hand. The world record holder was the late Ralph Rose, who had recorded 15.54 in August 1909. The Olympic record of 15.34 was held by McDonald who had set the mark in winning the 1912 gold medal, which helped narrowly defeat Rose. Still, Ville Pörhölä was a top weightman and would have been difficult for McDonald to defeat at his best. The bronze medalist, Harry Liversedge, later became a top Marine commander, who led the American troops that raised the flag at Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima, in the most famous photograph of World War II.

PosNrAthleteNOCQualifyingFinal
1280Ville PörhöläFIN14.035 (3)14.810 (1)Gold
2274Elmer NiklanderFIN14.155 (1)14.155 (2)Silver
3197Harry LiversedgeUSA13.755 (4)14.150 (3)Bronze
4155Pat McDonaldUSA14.080 (2)14.080 (4)
5613Einar NilssonSWE13.735 (5)13.870 (5)
6684Harald TammerEST13.605 (6)13.605 (6)
7 r1/2135George BihlmanUSA13.575 (7)
8 r1/2142Howard CannUSA13.520 (8)
9 r1/2591Bertil JanssonSWE13.270 (9)
10 r1/2258Armas TaipaleFIN12.945 (10)
11 r1/2102Oluf PetersenDEN12.525 (11)
12 r1/2360Raoul PaoliFRA12.485 (12)
13 r1/2485Aurelio LenziITA12.325 (13)
14 r1/2502Giuseppe TugnoliITA12.070 (14)
15 r1/2320Henri DozolmeFRA11.965 (15)
16 r1/2571Erik BlomqvistSWE11.935 (16)
17 r1/2119Ignacio IzaguirreESP11.235 (17)
18 r1/268Gustave WuytsBEL11.045 (18)
19 r1/2633Luigi AntogniniSUI10.320 (19)
20 r1/245Léon PottierBEL10.100 (20)
DNS354Raoul MesserschmidtFRA
DNS323Émile ÉcuyerFRA
DNS361Daniel PierreFRA
DNS373André TisonFRA
DNS159James McEachernUSA
DNS13Arthur DelaenderBEL– (DNS)
DNSJohn McEachernCAN– (DNS)

Qualifying Round (17 August 1920 — 10:15)

Top six finishers advanced to the final.

PosAthleteNOCDistance
1Elmer NiklanderFIN14.155Q
2Pat McDonaldUSA14.080Q
3Ville PörhöläFIN14.035Q
4Harry LiversedgeUSA13.755Q
5Einar NilssonSWE13.735Q
6Harald TammerEST13.605Q
7George BihlmanUSA13.575
8Howard CannUSA13.520
9Bertil JanssonSWE13.270
10Armas TaipaleFIN12.945
11Oluf PetersenDEN12.525
12Raoul PaoliFRA12.485
13Aurelio LenziITA12.325
14Giuseppe TugnoliITA12.070
15Henri DozolmeFRA11.965
16Erik BlomqvistSWE11.935
17Ignacio IzaguirreESP11.235
18Gustave WuytsBEL11.045
19Luigi AntogniniSUI10.320
20Léon PottierBEL10.100
DNSArthur DelaenderBEL
DNSJohn McEachernCAN

Final Round (18 August 1920 — 14:45)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3
1280Ville PörhöläFIN14.81013.91514.25514.810
2274Elmer NiklanderFIN14.15513.50014.080
3197Harry LiversedgeUSA14.15013.55014.150
4155Pat McDonaldUSA14.08013.50014.080
5613Einar NilssonSWE13.87013.44013.870
6684Harald TammerEST13.60513.56012.00013.605