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Athletics at the 1900 Paris Summer Games:

Men's Shot Put

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Catalan Cross, Boulogne Forest, Paris
Date Started: July 14, 1900
Date Finished: July 15, 1900

Gold: USA Dick Sheldon
Silver: USA Josiah McCracken
Bronze: USA Bob Garrett


Again, qualifying was held on Saturday and the final on Sunday. However, the results here were basically unaffected by the furor over Sunday competition. The top five finishers in qualifying advanced to the final, but two Americans, [Josiah McCracken] and [Bob Garrett], refused to compete on Sunday. On Sunday, however, [Dick Sheldon], who already led McCracken by almost a full metre, increased his lead with an even longer put. The qualifying positions were unchanged after the final.

Dick Sheldon was a top athlete at Yale, having played both football and competing on the track team. He was the 1896 IC4A shot put champion, and took the shot/discus double at the 1899 AAU meet, where he broke the world record for the discus throw.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 Dick Sheldon 21 United States USA Gold 14.10 OR
2 Josiah McCracken 26 United States USA Silver 12.85
3 Bob Garrett 24 United States USA Bronze 12.35
4 Rezső Crettier 21 Hungary HUN 12.07
5 Panagiotis Paraskevopoulos Greece GRE 11.52
6 Gustaf Söderström 34 Sweden SWE 11.18
7 Artúr Coray 18 Hungary HUN 11.13
8 Truxtun Hare 21 United States USA 10.92
9 August Nilsson 27 Sweden SWE 10.86
10 Charles Winckler 33 Denmark DEN 10.76
AC Sotirios Versis Greece GRE NM