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Athletics at the 1906 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Shot Put

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Date Started: April 27, 1906
Date Finished: April 27, 1906
Format: Final only.

Gold: USA Martin Sheridan
Silver: HUN Mihály Dávid
Bronze: SWE Eric Lemming

Summary

The shot put had probably the weakest field of any of the track & field events, as the world's two dominant shot putters were missing, Ralph Rose of the United States, and Denis Horgan of Ireland. Horgan had been AAA champion in 1893-99 and 1904-05, and would win again in 1908-1910. Rose was the Olympic champion in 1904, 1908, and 1912 in this event, and won the AAU championship in 1907-1910.

The rules in force were those of the United States, rather than Britain. The jury had a difficult time deciding who was putting the shot and who was throwing it, the primary offender apparently being the Finn, Verner Järvinen, who was favored in Rose/Horgan's absence, but had no fair efforts. In the absence of the world's top putters, Martin Sheridan won the event, but his mark was mediocre. Either Rose or Horgan would have surpassed it easily.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 Martin Sheridan 25 United States USA Gold 12.325
2 Mihály Dávid 19 Hungary HUN Silver 11.830
3 Eric Lemming 26 Sweden SWE Bronze 11.260
4 André Tison 21 France FRA 11.020
5 Vasilios Papageorgiou Greece GRE 11.000
AC Leopold Lahner Austria AUT
AC Franz Solar Austria AUT
AC Josef Wittmann Austria AUT
AC Verner Järvinen 36 Finland FIN
AC Heikki Åhlman 26 Finland FIN
AC André Désfarges 22 France FRA
AC Karl Kaltenbach 23 Germany GER
AC Julius Wagner 23 Germany GER
AC Nikolaos Anagnostopoulos Greece GRE
AC Ioannis Varanakis Greece GRE
AC István Mudin 24 Hungary HUN
AC Robert Edgren 32 United States USA