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Athletics at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Shot Put

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 23, 1976
Date Finished: July 24, 1976

Gold: GDR Udo Beyer
Silver: URS Yevgeny Mironov
Bronze: URS Aleksandr Baryshnikov

Summary

In 1976, Aleksandr Baryshnikov (URS) set the first world record with the new spin technique, throwing 22.00 (72-2¼) in Paris. But this had already been surpassed three times in 1975 by 1972 Olympian Brian Oldfield who was competing in the short-lived International Track Association (ITA), a professional league. He threw 22.11 (72-6½) in April 1975, and on 10 May 1975, recorded 22.86 or exactly 75 feet, a mark that would not be bettered until 1987. But as a professional he was, in 1976, not eligible for the Olympics. In Montréal, he Baryshnikov led in round one with 20.53 (67-4¼), but American Al Feuerbach took over in round two with 20.55 (67-5¼). Baryshnikov responded in round three with 21.00 (68-10¾). In round five, Udo Beyer (GDR) threw 21.05 (69-0¾) to take the lead, and a few throwers later, Yevgeny Mironov (URS) followed with 21.03 (69-0) to move into second place. That settled the medals as nobody improved in the final round.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Udo Beyer 20 East Germany GDR Gold
2 Yevgeny Mironov 26 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Aleksandr Baryshnikov 27 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Al Feuerbach 28 United States USA
5 Hans-Peter Gies 29 East Germany GDR
6 Geoff Capes 26 Great Britain GBR
7 George Woods 33 United States USA
8 Hans Höglund 23 Sweden SWE
9 Pete Shmock 26 United States USA
10 Heinz-Joachim Rothenburg 32 East Germany GDR
11 Jaroslav Brabec 26 Czechoslovakia TCH
12 Reijo Ståhlberg 23 Finland FIN
13 QR Ralf Reichenbach 25 West Germany FRG
14 QR Yves Brouzet 27 France FRA
15 QR Hreinn Halldórsson 27 Iceland ISL
16 QR Ivan Ivančić 38 Yugoslavia YUG
17 QR Hans Almström 25 Sweden SWE
18 QR Jos Schroeder 26 Belgium BEL
19 QR Jean-Pierre Egger 32 Switzerland SUI
20 QR Bruce Pirnie 33 Canada CAN
21 QR Juan Adolfo Turri 25 Argentina ARG
22 QR Mohamed Al-Zinkawi 22 Kuwait KUW
23 QR Saad Al-Bishi 23 Saudi Arabia KSA