Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue(s): Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Date Started: July 10, 1912
Date Finished: July 10, 1912
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.
|1||Pat McDonald||33||United States||USA||Gold||15.34||OR|
|2||Ralph Rose||28||United States||USA||Silver||15.25||OR|
|3||Larry Whitney||21||United States||USA||Bronze||13.93|
|5||George Philbrook||27||United States||USA||13.13|
|8||Paddy Quinn||26||Great Britain||GBR||12.53|
|14||Karl von Halt||20||Germany||GER||11.16|