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Athletics at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Shot Put

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
Date Started: July 21, 1952
Date Finished: July 21, 1952

Gold: USA Parry O'Brien
Silver: USA Darrow Hooper
Bronze: USA Jim Fuchs

Summary

Between 1949-51 Jim Fuchs, bronze medalist at the 1948 Olympics, was the world's best shot putter, winning 88 consecutive meets, and breaking the world record four times. But at the 1951 AAUs he was beaten by Parry O'Brien. O'Brien in turn was beaten at the 1952 US Trials by Darrow Hooper. But at the Trials, only two inches separated Fuchs, O'Brien, and Hooper, so an American sweep was considered likely. O'Brien opened the final with 17.41 (57-1½) and this would be good enough for the gold medal. In the final round, Hooper put a scare into him, with 17.39 (57-0¾) but had to settle for silver. Fuchs second consecutive bronze medal gave the US another sweep in the shot put – it's sixth one.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Parry O'Brien 20 United States USA Gold OR
2 Darrow Hooper 20 United States USA Silver
3 Jim Fuchs 24 United States USA Bronze
4 Oto Grigalka 27 Soviet Union URS
5 Roland Nilsson 27 Sweden SWE
6 John Savidge 27 Great Britain GBR
7 Georgy Fyodorov Soviet Union URS
8 Per Stavem 26 Norway NOR
9 Jiří Skobla 22 Czechoslovakia TCH
10 Tadeusz Krzyżanowski 31 Poland POL
11 Lucien Guillier 25 France FRA
12 Angiolo Profeti 34 Italy ITA
13 Alois Schwabl 40 Austria AUT
14 QR Aapo Perko 27 Finland FIN
15 QR Toivo Telen 28 Finland FIN
16 QR Ramón Rosario 24 Puerto Rico PUR
17 QR Kaarto Rask 23 Finland FIN
18 QR Konstantinos Giataganas 31 Greece GRE
19 QR John Giles 25 Great Britain GBR
20 QR Nuri Turan 28 Turkey TUR