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Athletics at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games:

Men's Shot Put

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Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue(s): Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Date Started: July 10, 1912
Date Finished: July 10, 1912

Gold: USA Pat McDonald
Silver: USA Ralph Rose
Bronze: USA Larry Whitney

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
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
4 Elmer Niklander 22 Finland FIN 13.65
5 George Philbrook 27 United States USA 13.13
6 Imre Mudin 24 Hungary HUN 12.81
7 Einar Nilsson 20 Sweden SWE 12.62
8 Paddy Quinn 26 Great Britain GBR 12.53
9 André Tison 27 France FRA 12.41
10 Paavo Aho 20 Finland FIN 12.40
11 Mikhail Dorizas 26 Greece GRE 12.05
12 Aurelio Lenzi 20 Italy ITA 11.57
13 Josef Schäffer 20 Austria AUT 11.44
14 Karl von Halt 20 Germany GER 11.16
15 František Janda-Suk 34 Bohemia BOH 11.15
16 Raoul Paoli 24 France FRA 11.11
17 Marcel Pelletier 24 Luxembourg LUX 11.04
18 Paul Willführ 26 Germany GER 10.90
19 Mığır Mığıryan 29 Turkey TUR 10.63
20 Ēriks Vanags 19 Russia RUS 10.44
21 Arvīds Ozols-Bernē 23 Russia RUS 10.33
22 Charles Lagarde 33 France FRA 9.41