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Athletics at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Shot Put

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: November 28, 1956
Date Finished: November 28, 1956

Gold: USA Parry O'Brien
Silver: USA Bill Nieder
Bronze: TCH Jiří Skobla


By 1956 defending champion [Parry O'Brien] had established himself as the greatest putter in the world. Between Olympics he had broken the world record 15 times, though not all were ratified. In May 1964 he had become the first putter over 60 feet when he threw 18.42 (60-5¼) in a UCLA-USC dual meet. He did it with a revolutionary new technique in which he began with his back to the front of the cirlc and did a 180° turn before releasing the shot. His 1956 gold medal was quite easy, as he had the five longest puts of the competition. American [Bill Nieder] won the silver medal over Czechoslovakia's [Jiří Škobla]. Škobla's father, [Jaroslav], had also won an Olympic medal – a gold in [1932 heavyweight weightlifting].

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Parry O'Brien 24 United States USA Gold OR
2 Bill Nieder 23 United States USA Silver
3 Jiří Skobla 26 Czechoslovakia TCH Bronze
4 Ken Bantum 21 United States USA
5 Boris Belyayev 23 Soviet Union URS
6 Erik Uddebom 22 Sweden SWE
7 Karl-Heinz Wegmann 22 Germany GER
8 Georgios Tsakanikas 22 Greece GRE
9 Barry Donath 23 Australia AUS
10 Silvano Meconi 25 Italy ITA
11 Peter Hanlin 25 Australia AUS
12 Barclay Palmer 24 Great Britain GBR
13 Vladimir Loshchilov 24 Soviet Union URS
14 Raymond Thomas 25 France FRA