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Athletics at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games:

Men's Shot Put, Both Hands

Athletics at the 1912 Summer Games:


Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue(s): Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Date Started: July 11, 1912
Date Finished: July 11, 1912

Gold: USA Ralph Rose
Silver: USA Pat McDonald
Bronze: FIN Elmer Niklander


This was the only time this event was held at the Olympic Games. It was rarely contested at major meets, but the world record was 28.00 metres, set by America’s [Ralph Rose] at Oakland just a month before the Olympics (2 June). Rose barely qualified for the final, placing third behind his teammate, [Pat McDonald], who led the qualifying, and Finland’s [Elmer Niklander]. In the final, McDonald improved with both hands and led until Rose’s very last throw with his left hand. Until then, Rose was in third place, still trailing the other two finalists. But his last left-handed mark was an improvement of almost one metre, and vaulted him to the gold medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal TD RHD LHD
1 Ralph Rose 28 United States USA Gold 27.70 15.23 12.47 OR
2 Pat McDonald 33 United States USA Silver 27.53 15.08 12.45
3 Elmer Niklander 22 Finland FIN Bronze 27.14 14.71 12.43
4 Larry Whitney 21 United States USA 24.09 13.48 10.61
5 Einar Nilsson 20 Sweden SWE 23.37 12.52 10.85
6 Paavo Aho 20 Finland FIN 23.30 12.72 10.58
7 Mkrtich Mkryan 29 Turkey TUR 19.78 10.85 8.93