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Men's Shot Put

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 13, 1968
Date Finished: October 14, 1968

Gold: USA Randy Matson
Silver: USA George Woods
Bronze: URS Eduard Gushchin

Summary

By 1968 the mantle of best shot putter in the world had fallen to the shoulders of the 1964 silver medalist, Randy Matson. Matson had set five world records since 1965. The most important came on 8 May 1965 in the Southwest Conference Meet, when he threw 20.95 (68-8¾) and followed that with 21.52. The second record was 70-7¼, the first throw ever over 70 feet. But in April 1967 he improved that by nearly a full foot, throwing 21.78 (71-5½). Matson opened with 20.54 (67-4¾) in Mexico and that settled the gold medal – it would be his best put of the competition. In fact all the top four had their best throws in round one – George Woods (USA) with 20.12 (66-0¼), Eduard Gushchin (URS) with 20.09 (65-11), and Dieter Hoffmann (GDR) with 20.00 (65-7½).

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Randy Matson 23 United States USA Gold
2 George Woods 25 United States USA Silver
3 Eduard Gushchin 28 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Dieter Hoffmann 26 East Germany GDR
5 Dave Maggard 28 United States USA
6 Władysław Komar 28 Poland POL
7 Uwe Grabe 25 East Germany GDR
8 Heinfried Birlenbach 27 West Germany FRG
9 Pierre Colnard 39 France FRA
10 Jeff Teale 28 Great Britain GBR
11 Les Mills 33 New Zealand NZL
12 Traugott Glöckler 24 West Germany FRG
13 QR Vilmos Varjú 31 Hungary HUN
14 QR Arnjolt Beer 22 France FRA
15 QR Edy Hubacher 28 Switzerland SUI
16 QR Guðmundur Hermannsson 43 Iceland ISL
17 QR Georgios Lemonis 25 Greece GRE
18 QR Rolando Mendoza 29 Nicaragua NCA
19 QR Mauricio Jubis 22 El Salvador ESA