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Athletics at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's 56-pound Weight Throw

Athletics at the 1920 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 20, 1920
Date Finished: August 21, 1920

Gold: USA Pat McDonald
Silver: USA Paddy Ryan
Bronze: SWE Carl Johan Lind


The favorite was [Matt McGrath] but he had to withdraw after injuring his knee in the hammer throw. The next best throwers were also Irish-Americans, [Paddy Ryan] and [Pat McDonald]. They were the class of the field with McDonald winning. Between 1911 and 1928, either McDonald, Ryan, or McGrath won 17 of the 18 AAU Championships, as follows: McDonald – eight titles, McGrath – seven titles, and Ryan – two titles. Pat McDonald was born Pat McDonnell. When his sister landed at Ellis Island, the immigration clerk spelled her name McDonald and, fearing deportation, she said nothing. All her family members who came after her spelled the name in the same manner.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 Pat McDonald 41 United States USA Gold 11.265
2 Paddy Ryan 39 United States USA Silver 10.965
3 Carl Johan Lind 36 Sweden SWE Bronze 10.255
4 Archie McDiarmid 38 Canada CAN 10.120
5 Malcolm Svensson 34 Sweden SWE 9.455
6 Johan Pettersson 35 Finland FIN 9.375
7 QR Edward Roberts 27 United States USA
8 QR Elmer Niklander 30 Finland FIN
9 QR Ville Pörhölä 22 Finland FIN
10 QR James McEachern 38 United States USA
11 QR Nils Linde 29 Sweden SWE
12 QR Robert Olsson 37 Sweden SWE