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Athletics at the 1896 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Shot Put

Athletics at the 1896 Summer Games: Next Summer Games

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Date Started: April 7, 1896
Date Finished: April 7, 1896
Format: Final only.

Gold: USA Bob Garrett
Silver: GRE Miltiadis Gouskos
Bronze: GRE Georgios Papasideris

Summary

The shot put was held on 7 April, but only seven of the 15 final entries actually started. The shot was put from a two-metre square. Bob Garrett (USA) won with a throw of 11.22 metres. Miltiadis Gouskos (GRE) was second and Georgios Papasideris (GRE) was third. Garrett led from his first throw. Gouskos' best effort was on his last attempt and the Greek crowd cheered wildly, thinking he had beaten Garrett. The Greek crowd was very disappointed, especially when the official posting the scores made an error and initially listed Gouskos as the winner. The error was quickly corrected.

The distances were well off George Gray's (CAN) world record of 14.32, but George Robertson, a British athlete who competed in the discus throw, noted that this was due to the size of the square, which "corresponded with no known rules, although the event was purported to be held under English rules."

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 Bob Garrett 20 United States USA Gold 11.22 OR
2 Miltiadis Gouskos Greece GRE Silver 11.03
3 Georgios Papasideris Greece GRE Bronze 10.36
4 Viggo Jensen 21 Denmark DEN
AC Carl Schuhmann 26 Germany GER 10.00est
AC Fritz Hofmann 24 Germany GER
AC Ellery Clark 22 United States USA