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Men's Shot Put

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Date Started: July 29, 1928
Date Finished: July 29, 1928

Gold: USA Johnny Kuck
Silver: USA Herman Brix
Bronze: GER Emil Hirschfeld


In May 1928 [Emil Hirschfeld] broke the world record set by [Ralph Rose] in 1909, with a mark of 15.79 (51-9¾). He competed well in Amsterdam, coming within 7 centimetres of the record, but it earned him only a bronze medal. In first place, America’s [Johnny Kuck] broke Hirschfeld’s record in round five with 15.87 (52-0¾). [Herman Brix] had put 15.75 (51-8¼) in round one to lead until that time. Brix would later change his name to Bruce Bennett and appeared in multiple movies, including several roles as Tarzan.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Johnny Kuck 23 United States USA Gold WR
2 Herman Brix 21 United States USA Silver OR
3 Emil Hirschfeld 24 Germany GER Bronze
4 Eric Krenz 22 United States USA
5 Armas Wahlstedt 22 Finland FIN
6 Wilhelm Uebler 29 Germany GER
7 QR Harlow Rothert 20 United States USA
8 QR József Darányi 22 Hungary HUN
9 QR Paavo Yrjölä 25 Finland FIN
10 QR Werner Nüesch Switzerland SUI
11 QR Édouard Duhour 23 France FRA
12 QR Nikolai Feldmann 24 Estonia EST
13 QR Johan Trandem 28 Norway NOR
14 QR František Douda 19 Czechoslovakia TCH
15 QR Dimitrios Karabatis 28 Greece GRE
16 QR Ion David Romania ROU
17 QR Rex Woods 36 Great Britain GBR
18 QR Raoul Paoli 40 France FRA
19 QR Alexandru Fritz Romania ROU
20 QR Auguste Vos 26 Belgium BEL
21 QR Robert Howland 23 Great Britain GBR
22 QR Jesús Aguirre Mexico MEX