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Men's Shot Put

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Host City: St. Louis, United States
Venue(s): Francis Field, Washington University, St. Louis
Date Started: August 31, 1904
Date Finished: August 31, 1904
Format: Final only.

Gold: USA Ralph Rose
Silver: USA Wesley Coe
Bronze: USA Lawrence Feuerbach


The first event on 31 August was the shot put, and the betting choice was [Ralph Rose], who held the world's record but was yet to win a major championship. With Ireland's [Denis Horgan], the top non-American, not in attendance, Rose's main competition was expected to be several times AAA champion, [Wesley Coe]. The two made a Mutt-and-Jeff pair as Rose stood 6'6), weighing 265 lbs., while Coe was only 5'10) and weighed 210 lbs.

Rose opened the competition and threw 47', while Coe opened with a mark described only as less than 46'. On the first throw of the finals, Rose put the shot 47'1", to extend his lead slightly, only to see Coe take the lead with 47'3". On his fifth attempt, Rose unleashed a new world's record, throwing 48'7", which held up to win.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D(M) D(I)
1 Ralph Rose 20 United States USA Gold 14.81 48-7 =WR
2 Wesley Coe 26 United States USA Silver 14.40 47-3 OR
3 Lawrence Feuerbach United States USA Bronze 13.37 43-10½
4 Martin Sheridan 23 United States USA 12.39 40-8
5 Charles Chadwick 29 United States USA
6 Albert Johnson 25 United States USA
7 Jack Guiney United States USA
AC Nikolaos Georgantas 24 Greece GRE DQ