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Men's Shot Put

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): National Stadium, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Date Started: October 17, 1964
Date Finished: October 17, 1964

Gold: USA Dallas Long
Silver: USA Randy Matson
Bronze: HUN Vilmos Varjú


[Parry O’Brien] was back for his fourth Olympics but was no longer the dominant thrower. That honor fell to 1960 bronze medalist [Dallas Long]. Long had broken the world record five times in 1964, three of them were ratified. He was expected to be challenged by a newcomer, 19-year-old [Randy Matson]. In Tokyo, O’Brien never got into the medal positions, bronze going to 1962 European Champion [Vilmos Varjú]. Long led after round one with 19.61 (64-4), but Matson took the lead in round three with 19.88 (65-2¾). In round four they both had their longest throws, Long winning the gold medal with 20.33 (66-8½) to Matson’s 20.20 (66-3¼).

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Dallas Long 24 United States USA Gold OR
2 Randy Matson 19 United States USA Silver OR
3 Vilmos Varjú 27 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Parry O'Brien 32 United States USA
5 Zsigmond Nagy 27 Hungary HUN
6 Nikolay Karasyov 24 Soviet Union URS
7 Les Mills 29 New Zealand NZL
8 Adolfas Varanauskas 30 Soviet Union URS
9 Władysław Komar 24 Poland POL
10 Viktor Lipsnis 30 Soviet Union URS
11 Rudolf Langer 25 Germany GER
12 Dieter Hoffmann 23 Germany GER
13 Georgios Tsakanikas 29 Greece GRE
14 QR Heinfried Birlenbach 23 Germany GER
15 QR Alfred Sosgórnik 31 Poland POL
16 QR Martyn Lucking 26 Great Britain GBR
17 QR Silvano Meconi 32 Italy ITA
18 QR Lahcen Samsam Akka 22 Morocco MAR
19 QR Mike Lindsay 25 Great Britain GBR
20 QR Denis Ségui Kragbé 26 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
21 QR Teruo Itokawa 23 Japan JPN
22 QR Im Ho-Geun 24 South Korea KOR