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Men's Shot Put

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
Date Started: August 3, 1948
Date Finished: August 3, 1948

Gold: USA Wilbur Thompson
Silver: USA Jim Delaney
Bronze: USA Jim Fuchs


The best putter early in the year had been Charles Fonville who broke the world record in April with 17.68 (58-0¼), but he finished only fourth at the US Trials and did not make the team. The next strongest seemed to be [Jim Delaney] who was 1947-48 AAU Champion and had won the Olympic Trials. But the Trials runner-up, [Wilbur Thompson], was the strongest in London. He threw 17.12 (56-2) in round two which would win, but he also had two other throws good enough to win over Delaney. [Jim Fuchs] completed the American sweep.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Wilbur Thompson 27 United States USA Gold OR
2 Jim Delaney 27 United States USA Silver OR
3 Jim Fuchs 20 United States USA Bronze
4 Mieczysław Łomowski 33 Poland POL
5 Gösta Arvidsson 22 Sweden SWE
6 Yrjö Lehtilä 31 Finland FIN
7 Jaakko Jouppila 24 Finland FIN
8 Čestmír Kalina 26 Czechoslovakia TCH
9 Konstantinos Giataganas 27 Greece GRE
10 Witold Gerutto 35 Poland POL
11 John Giles 21 Great Britain GBR
12 Sigfús Sigurðsson 26 Iceland ISL
AC QR Emilio Malchiodi 26 Argentina ARG
AC QR Juan Kahnert 20 Argentina ARG
AC QR Roger Verhaes 28 Belgium BEL
AC QR Eric Coy 34 Canada CAN
AC QR Harold Moody 32 Great Britain GBR
AC QR David Guiney 27 Ireland IRL
AC QR Vilhjálmur Vilmundarson 19 Iceland ISL
AC QR Nazar Muhammad Khan Malik Pakistan PAK
AC QR Ahmed Zahur Khan Pakistan PAK
AC QR Leonello Patiño Peru PER
AC QR Willy Senn 28 Switzerland SUI
AC QR Roland Nilsson 23 Sweden SWE