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Athletics at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Shot Put

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 26, 1996
Date Finished: July 26, 1996

Gold: USA Randy Barnes
Silver: USA John Godina
Bronze: UKR Oleksandr Bahach

Summary

Randy Barnes had set the world record of 23.12 (75-10¼) in 1990 and had the year’s best throw of 22.40 (73-6), and was favored. But he struggled in the final. He opened with only 19.46 (63-10¼), as Oleksandr Bahach (UKR) led the first round with 20.41 (66-11½). Barnes got 20.44 (67-0¾) in round two, but the lead was taken by Italy’s Paolo Dal Soglio with 20.65 (67-9), and Bagach improved to 20.50 (67-3¼). American John Godina came thru in the fourth and fifth rounds with 20.64 (67-8¾) and 20.79 (68-2½), to move into the lead in round five. Barnes was only in fourth place heading into the final round, but he produced – tossing the shot 21.62 (70-11¼) for the gold medal. Bagach also improved, bumping Dal Soglio out of the medals with 20.75 (68-1). In May 1990, Barnes had tested positive for methyltestosterone and was banned for two years. In April 1998, he tested positive for androstenedione and was banned for life. The life ban was controversial as androstenedione was an over-the-counter supplement in the United States and was not a banned drug internationally until a few months before Barnes’s positive test. He readily admitted taking it, not knowing it was banned. It was the same drug taken by major league home run king Mark McGwire, who also admitted to taking it. Bronze medalist Bagach also was subsequently banned for life. He had tested positive in 1989 for testosterone, tested positive for ephedrine in 1997 at the World Championships, and was banned for life in 2000 after a positive doping test for anabolic steroids.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Randy Barnes 30 United States USA Gold
2 John Godina 24 United States USA Silver
3 Oleksandr Bahach 29 Ukraine UKR Bronze
4 Paolo Dal Soglio 25 Italy ITA
5 Oliver-Sven Buder 30 Germany GER
6 Roman Virastiuk 28 Ukraine UKR
7 C. J. Hunter 27 United States USA
8 Dragan Perić 32 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
9 Dmitry Goncharuk 26 Belarus BLR
10 Bilal Saad Mubarak 23 Qatar QAT
11 Corrado Fantini 29 Italy ITA
AC r2/2 Oleksandr Klymenko 26 Ukraine UKR
13 QR Dirk Urban 27 Germany GER
14 QR Mika Halvari 26 Finland FIN
15 QR Manuel Martínez 21 Spain ESP
16 QR Michael Mertens 30 Germany GER
17 QR Kent Larsson 33 Sweden SWE
18 QR Arsi Harju 22 Finland FIN
19 QR Giorgio Venturi 30 Italy ITA
20 QR Yevgeny Palchikov 27 Russia RUS
21 QR Miroslav Menc 25 Czech Republic CZE
22 QR Gert Weil 36 Chile CHI
23 QR Yojer Medina 22 Venezuela VEN
24 QR Ilias Louka 21 Cyprus CYP
25 QR Chima Ugwu 23 Nigeria NGR
26 QR Aleksey Shidlovsky 23 Russia RUS
27 QR Shaun Pickering 34 Great Britain GBR
28 QR Mikhalis Louka 26 Cyprus CYP
29 QR Khaled Al-Khalidi 31 Saudi Arabia KSA
30 QR Saulius Kleiza 32 Lithuania LTU
31 QR Brad Snyder 20 Canada CAN
32 QR Viktor Bulat 25 Belarus BLR
33 QR Sergey Kot 36 Uzbekistan UZB
34 QR Anthony Leiato 30 American Samoa ASA
AC QR Jenő Kóczián 29 Hungary HUN
AC QR Sergey Rubtsov 30 Kazakhstan KAZ