Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Date Started: April 27, 1906
Date Finished: April 27, 1906
Format: Final only.
The shot put had probably the weakest field of any of the track & field events, as the world's two dominant shot putters were missing, [Ralph Rose] of the United States, and [Denis Horgan] of Ireland. Horgan had been AAA champion in 1893-99 and 1904-05, and would win again in 1908-1910. Rose was the Olympic champion in 1904, 1908, and 1912 in this event, and won the AAU championship in 1907-1910.
The rules in force were those of the United States, rather than Britain. The jury had a difficult time deciding who was putting the shot and who was throwing it, the primary offender apparently being the Finn, [Verner Järvinen], who was favored in Rose/Horgan's absence, but had no fair efforts. In the absence of the world's top putters, [Martin Sheridan] won the event, but his mark was mediocre. Either Rose or Horgan would have surpassed it easily.
|1||Martin Sheridan||25||United States||USA||Gold||12.325|
|AC||Robert Edgren||32||United States||USA|