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Men's Shot Put

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 17, 1920
Date Finished: August 18, 1920

Gold: FIN Ville Pörhölä
Silver: FIN Elmer Niklander
Bronze: USA Harry Liversedge


The United States’ [Pat McDonald] was a likely favorite, having been U.S. champion in 1911, 1912, 1914, 1919 and 1920, but he had recently injured his hand. The world record holder was the late [Ralph Rose], who had recorded 15.54 in August 1909. The Olympic record of 15.34 was held by McDonald who had set the mark in winning the 1912 gold medal, which helped narrowly defeat Rose. Still, [Ville Pörhölä] was a top weightman and would have been difficult for McDonald to defeat at his best. The bronze medalist, [Harry Liversedge], later became a top Marine commander, who led the American troops that raised the flag at Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima, in the most famous photograph of World War II.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 Ville Pörhölä 22 Finland FIN Gold 14.810
2 Elmer Niklander 30 Finland FIN Silver 14.155
3 Harry Liversedge 25 United States USA Bronze 14.150
4 Pat McDonald 41 United States USA 14.080
5 Einar Nilsson 28 Sweden SWE 13.870
6 Harald Tammer 21 Estonia EST 13.605
7 QR George Bihlman 25 United States USA
8 QR Howard Cann 24 United States USA
9 QR Bertil Jansson 21 Sweden SWE
10 QR Armas Taipale 29 Finland FIN
11 QR Oluf Petersen 31 Denmark DEN
12 QR Raoul Paoli 32 France FRA
13 QR Aurelio Lenzi 28 Italy ITA
14 QR Giuseppe Tugnoli 31 Italy ITA
15 QR Henri Dozolme 20 France FRA
16 QR Erik Blomqvist 23 Sweden SWE
17 QR Ignacio Izaguirre 23 Spain ESP
18 QR Gustave Wuyts 17 Belgium BEL
19 QR Luigi Antognini 33 Switzerland SUI
20 QR Léon Pottier Belgium BEL