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Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Shot Put

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 23, 1988
Date Finished: September 23, 1988

Gold: GDR Ulf Timmermann
Silver: USA Randy Barnes
Bronze: SUI Werner Günthör

Summary

The 1986 European Champion, and 1987 World Champion, was Switzerland's Werner Günthör. But he had big challengers in East Germany's Ulf Timmermann and Udo Beyer and America's Randy Barnes. Timmermann was the world record holder with 23.06 (75-8) set in May 1988. Günthör opened in round one with 21.45 (70-4½) but Timmermann took the lead at the end of the round with 22.02 (72-3). That led thru round two, although Günthör improved to 21.59 (70-10). He improved again in the next round with 21.70 (71-2½) but Timmermann opened up a bit with 22.16 (72-8½). Beyer moved into third in round two with 21.40 (70-2½) while Barnes languished in fourth after three rounds, throwing only 20.72 (67-11¾) in the second. But he improved to 21.31 (69-11), but it did not improve his position. Round five saw Günthör improve to 21.99 (72-1¾), still in second, and Timmermann again improved his mark with 22.29 (73-1¾). Beyer and Günthör were done, having recorded their best marks, and seemingly securing medals. Then Barnes unleased an Olympic record 22.39 (73-5½) in the final round to move into the lead ahead of Timmermann, pushing Beyer to fourth. Timmermann was the last thrower of the competition, and responded with an Olympic record of 22.47 (73-8¾) to win the gold medal. The top three marks have still never been surpassed at the Olympics, possibly the victim of more stringent drug testing. Athletics historian Richard Hymans has called this "the greatest shot competition ever".

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ulf Timmermann 25 East Germany GDR Gold OR
2 Randy Barnes 22 United States USA Silver OR
3 Werner Günthör 27 Switzerland SUI Bronze
4 Udo Beyer 33 East Germany GDR
5 Remigius Machura 28 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 Gert Weil 28 Chile CHI
7 Alessandro Andrei 29 Italy ITA
8 Sergey Smirnov 28 Soviet Union URS
9 Gregg Tafralis 30 United States USA
10 Georg Andersen 25 Norway NOR
11 Jim Doehring 26 United States USA
12 Helmut Krieger 30 Poland POL
13 QR Georgi Todorov 28 Bulgaria BUL
14 QR Pétur Guðmundsson 26 Iceland ISL
15 QR Ahmed Mohamed Achouche 32 Egypt EGY
16 QR Klaus Bodenmüller 26 Austria AUT
17 QR Ma Yongfeng 25 China CHN
18 QR Ahmed Kamel Shatta 27 Egypt EGY
19 QR Paul Edwards 29 Great Britain GBR
20 QR Mohamed Al-Zinkawi 34 Kuwait KUW
21 QR Han Min-Su 25 South Korea KOR