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Men's Shot Put

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Roma
Date Started: August 31, 1960
Date Finished: August 31, 1960

Gold: USA Bill Nieder
Silver: USA Parry O'Brien
Bronze: USA Dallas Long


Within the past year, three Americans had set world records – two-time defending champion [Parry O'Brien], 1956 silver medalist [Bill Nieder], and [Dallas Long]. Nieder had the most recent one, with 20.06 (65-9¾) set in mid-August after the Olympic Trials. In Roma they were the class of the field as all surpassed 19 metres and nobody else got beyond 18. O'Brien led after rounds one and two, getting to 19.11 (62-8½) in the second round. He continued to lead until round five, when Nieder popped his big one, 19.68 (64-6¾), which would win the gold medal. Long was in third all along but improved in the final round to 19.01 (62-4½).

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Bill Nieder 27 United States USA Gold OR
2 Parry O'Brien 28 United States USA Silver OR
3 Dallas Long 20 United States USA Bronze
4 Viktor Lipsnis 26 Soviet Union URS
5 Mike Lindsay 21 Great Britain GBR
6 Alfred Sosgórnik 27 Poland POL
7 Dieter Urbach 25 Germany GER
8 Martyn Lucking 22 Great Britain GBR
9 Jiří Skobla 30 Czechoslovakia TCH
10 Jaroslav Plíhal 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
11 Les Mills 25 New Zealand NZL
12 Hermann Lingnau 23 Germany GER
13 Silvano Meconi 28 Italy ITA
14 Zsigmond Nagy 23 Hungary HUN
15 Warwick Selvey 20 Australia AUS
16 QR Eugeniusz Kwiatkowski 27 Poland POL
17 QR Arthur Rowe 24 Great Britain GBR
18 QR Haider Khan 27 Pakistan PAK
19 QR Georgios Tsakanikas 25 Greece GRE
20 QR Erik Uddebom 26 Sweden SWE
21 QR Fritz Kühl 25 Germany GER
22 QR Gideon Ariel 21 Israel ISR
23 QR Salem El-Jisr 28 Lebanon LIB
24 QR Nayef Mohamed Hameed Iraq IRQ