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Men's Shot Put

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Date Started: August 2, 1936
Date Finished: August 2, 1936

Gold: GER Hans Woellke
Silver: FIN Sulo Bärlund
Bronze: GER Gerhard Stöck


In 1934 [Jack Torrance] broke the world record three times, leaving it at 17.40 (57-1), set at the Bislett Stadium in Oslo. On the year list in 1936, he was just ahead of German [Hans Woellke]. But in Berlin Torrance performed poorly and would finish only fifth. Woellke led after round one with 15.96 (52-4½) in the final, but Finland’s Sulo Bärlund moved ahead with 16.03 (52-7¼) in the second round. They both improved in round five, with Woellke winning gold with 16.20 (53-1¾), and Bärlund’s 16.12 (52-10¾) good for silver. German [Gerd Stöck] was in third place from the first round but improved in the final round with 15.66 (51-4½).

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Hans Woellke 25 Germany GER Gold OR
2 Sulo Bärlund 26 Finland FIN Silver
3 Gerhard Stöck 25 Germany GER Bronze
4 Sam Francis 22 United States USA
5 Jack Torrance 24 United States USA
6 Dimitri Zaitz 18 United States USA
7 František Douda 27 Czechoslovakia TCH
8 Arnold Viiding 25 Estonia EST
9 Gunnar Bergh 27 Sweden SWE
10 Hans-Heinrich Sievert 26 Germany GER
11 Aleksa Kovačević 26 Yugoslavia YUG
12 József Darányi 30 Hungary HUN
13 Risto Kuntsi 24 Finland FIN
14 István Horváth 26 Hungary HUN
15 Karel Hoplíček 22 Czechoslovakia TCH
AC QR Abdul Rahim 23 Afghanistan AFG
AC QR Antônio Lira 26 Brazil BRA
AC QR Chen Baoqiu 25 China CHN
AC QR Jules Noël 33 France FRA
AC QR Shizuo Takada 27 Japan JPN
AC QR Jean Wagner 30 Luxembourg LUX
AC QR Jaroslav Vítek 21 Czechoslovakia TCH