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Men's Shot Put

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 15, 2008
Date Finished: August 15, 2008

Gold: POL Tomasz Majewski
Silver: USA Christian Cantwell
Bronze: BLR Andrey Mikhnevich


The American threesome of Adam Nelson, Christian Cantwell, and Reese Hoffa was considered dominant and an American sweep seemed to be a real possibility. In the end they were left gasping just to get any medal. All three qualified easily but the problems were highlighted by Nelson, silver medalist in 2000 and 2004, who fouled three times and did not advance, with no fair mark in the final. The leader in round one was Pole Tomasz Majewski with 20.80 (68-3), but Belarussian Andrey Mikhnevich moved ahead in round two with 21.05 (69-0¾). Canada’s Dylan Armstrong moved into second with 21.04 (69-0½) and Cantwell moved into third with 20.98 (68-10). Majewski came back in the third stanza, taking the lead with 21.21 (69-7) which would eventually be good enough for the gold medal. Cantwell, Armstrong, and Mikhnevich could not improve in rounds four or five, but Majewski did, tossing 21.51 (70-7), the only 70-footer and the best mark of the competition. Going into the final round, no American was in a podium position, with Cantwell in fourth, and Hoffa standing seventh with 20.53 (67-4¼). Cantwell then came thru for the silver medal with a final round effort of 21.09 (69-2½), preventing the vaunted American threesome from being shut out. Majewski’s previous best finish at a major competition had been fifth at the 2007 World Championships.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tomasz Majewski 26 Poland POL Gold
2 Christian Cantwell 27 United States USA Silver
3 Andrey Mikhnevich 32 Belarus BLR Bronze
4 Dylan Armstrong 27 Canada CAN
5 Pavel Lyzhin 27 Belarus BLR
6 Yuriy Bilonoh 34 Ukraine UKR
7 Reese Hoffa 30 United States USA
8 Pavel Sofin 26 Russia RUS
9 Rutger Smith 27 Netherlands NED
10 Yury Belov 27 Belarus BLR
11 Ivan Yushkov 27 Russia RUS
AC r2/2 Adam Nelson 33 United States USA
13 QR Peter Sack 29 Germany GER
14 QR Andriy Semenov 24 Ukraine UKR
15 QR Dorian Scott 26 Jamaica JAM
16 QR Justin Anlezark 30 Australia AUS
17 QR Hamza Alić 29 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH
18 QR Anton Lyuboslavsky 24 Russia RUS
19 QR Manuel Martínez 33 Spain ESP
20 QR Miran Vodovnik 30 Slovenia SLO
21 QR Scott Martin 25 Australia AUS
22 QR Joachim Olsen 31 Denmark DEN
23 QR Yves Niaré 31 France FRA
24 QR Carlos Véliz 20 Cuba CUB
25 QR Māris Urtāns 27 Latvia LAT
26 QR Taavi Peetre 25 Estonia EST
27 QR Sultan Abdulmajeed Al-Habshi 25 Saudi Arabia KSA
28 QR Petr Stehlík 31 Czech Republic CZE
29 QR Nedžad Mulabegović 27 Croatia CRO
30 QR Milan Haborák 35 Slovakia SVK
31 QR Reinaldo Proenza 23 Cuba CUB
32 QR Germán Lauro 24 Argentina ARG
33 QR Asmir Kolašinac 23 Serbia SRB
34 QR Lajos Kürthy 21 Hungary HUN
35 QR Ion Emilianov 31 Moldova MDA
36 QR Mikhalis Stamatogiannis 26 Greece GRE
37 QR Yasser Farag 24 Egypt EGY
38 QR Marco Fortes 25 Portugal POR
39 QR Marco Antonio Verni 32 Chile CHI
40 QR Chang Ming-Huang 25 Chinese Taipei TPE
AC QR Robert Häggblom 25 Finland FIN
AC QR Georgi Ivanov 23 Bulgaria BUL
AC QR Amin Nikfar 27 Iran IRI
AC QR Alexis Paumier 33 Cuba CUB