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Parry O'Brien

Full name: William Parry O'Brien, Jr.
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2.5 (190 cm)
Weight: 245 lbs (111 kg)
Born: January 28, 1932 in Santa Monica, California, United States
Died: April 21, 2007 in Santa Clarita, California, United States
Affiliations: LAAC, Los Angeles (USA) / Pasadena Athletic and Country Club, Pasadena (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Although his records have now been surpassed, Parry O'Brien is, by the standards of his contemporaries, the greatest shotputter of all time. Indoors and outdoors he won a total of 17 AAU titles and between July 1952 and June 1956 he ran up a winning streak of 116 consecutive victories. He broke the world record 17 times, although only 10 of these were ratified, and he was the first man to beat the 18-meter, 60-foot, and 19-meter barriers. O'Brien set his last world record in 1959, with 63-4 (19.30), but he continued to improve and set a career best of 64-7¼ (19.69) in 1966, two years after his final Olympic appearance in Tokyo, where he placed fourth. O'Brien was Pan American Games champion in 1955 and 1959 and, while at Southern Cal, he won the NCAA title in 1952 and 1953. He also added the 1955 AAU discus championship. In discus throw he also won two medal at the Pan American Games - silver in 1955 and bronze in 1959. Apart from his multiple victories and records, Parry O'Brien made a significant contribution to the sport by pioneering a new style which was copied by many of those who followed him as world record holders. He later worked in the banking and real estate business in Southern California.

Personal Bests: SP – 64-7¼ (19.69) (1966); DT – 196-10 (59.99) (1965).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Men's Shot Put United States USA 1 Gold OR
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Men's Shot Put United States USA 1 Gold OR
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Men's Shot Put United States USA 2 Silver OR
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Men's Shot Put United States USA 4

Men's Shot Put

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round 1 OR 17.41
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round Round One 1 OR 17.41
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 1 17.21 17.41
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 1 16.79 17.41
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 1 16,87 17.41
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 1 17.12 17.41
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP 16.53
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics United States Qualifying Round 1 QU 16.05
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round 1 1 16.05
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round 2 1 16.05 pass
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round 3 DNS pass
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round 1 OR 18.57
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round One 1 OR 17.92
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 1 OR 18.47 18.47
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 1 18.37 18.47
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 1 18.45 18.47
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 1 OR 18.57 18.57
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP 18.23
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round 3 QU 16.63
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round One 3 16.63
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Two 3 pass 16.63
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics United States Final Round 2 OR 19.11
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round One 1 OR 18.77
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 1 OR 19.11 19.11
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 1 foul 19.11
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 1 18.64 19.11
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 2 17.41 19.11
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP 18.39
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round 4 QU 17.29
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round One 4 17.29
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Two 4 pass 17.29
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round 4 19.20
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round Round One 3 18.95
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 4 18.86 18.95
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 4 19.20 19.20
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 4 18.32 19.20
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 4 18.62 19.20
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP 18.84
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round 11 QU 17.84
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round One 10 17.84
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Two 10 pass 17.84
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
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