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Athletics at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Women's Shot Put

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
Date Started: August 4, 1948
Date Finished: August 4, 1948

Gold: FRA Micheline Ostermeyer
Silver: ITA Amelia Piccinini
Bronze: AUT Ine Schäffer


While overshadowed by [Fanny Blankers-Koen]'s four gold medals, the three Olympic medals won by [Micheline Ostermeyer] were just as remarkable. She doubled in winning the shot put and discus throw, and added a bronze in the high jump. In addition to these events, she was also a good sprinter and pentathlete. The Frenchwoman's talents did not end there, as she was also a concert pianist. She had won several piano competitions, and graduated from the Conservatoire Nationale in 1948. Ostermeyer was not the best female shot putter on the 4th of August 1948, however. In the Soviet Union, which did not take part in the Olympics, a contest was organized which featured among others European Champion Tatyana Sevryukova. With 14.59 (47-10½), she set a new World Record, well ahead of the 13.75 (45-1½) that Ostermeyer achieved in London.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Micheline Ostermeyer 25 France FRA Gold OR
2 Amelia Piccinini 31 Italy ITA Silver
3 Ine Schäffer 25 Austria AUT Bronze
4 Paulette Veste 20 France FRA
5 Jaroslava Křítková-Komárková 21 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 Anni Bruk 24 Austria AUT
7 Marija Radosavljević 21 Yugoslavia YUG
8 Bevis Reid 29 Great Britain GBR
9 Ingeborg Mello 29 Argentina ARG
10 Paulette Laurent 22 France FRA
11 Eivor Olson 25 Sweden SWE
12 Marianne Schläger 27 Austria AUT
NP QR Elisabeth Müller 22 Brazil BRA
NP QR Elspeth Whyte 21 Great Britain GBR
NP QR Margaret Birtwistle 23 Great Britain GBR
NP QR Ans Panhorst-Niesink 29 Netherlands NED
NP QR Liv Paulsen 22 Norway NOR
NP QR Frances Kaszubski 32 United States USA
NP QR Dorothy Dodson 29 United States USA