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Men's Shot Put

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: September 8, 1972
Date Finished: September 9, 1972

Gold: POL Władysław Komar
Silver: USA George Woods
Bronze: GDR Hartmut Briesenick


The USA had not lost this event since 1936, but a big challenge from the GDR throwers was expected. But Poland's [Władysław Komar] opened with 21.18 (69-6), his best throw of the event and it would hold up for the gold medal. The GDR's [Hans-Peter Gies] threw 21.14 (69-4¼) in the first round, which would be his best throw but it got him only fourth place. In round four, America's [George Woods] moved into second with 21.17, only one centimeter out of the lead. In that round, [Hartmut Briesenick] (GDR) equaled his countryman with 21.14 (69-4¼) but moved into the bronze medal position based on second-best throw (21.02-21.01). In the last round Woods unleashed what looked to be his best mark. It hit Komar's marker before landing, so it was considered to be better than that mark, but it was measured at only 21.05 (69-0¾), not an improvement. Komar later became an actor. Sixth-place finisher [Brian Oldfield] was the first to use a new technique, the rotational spin technique, similar to discus throwing style.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Władysław Komar 32 Poland POL Gold OR
2 George Woods 29 United States USA Silver
3 Hartmut Briesenick 23 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Hans-Peter Gies 25 East Germany GDR OR
5 Al Feuerbach 24 United States USA
6 Brian Oldfield 27 United States USA
7 Heinfried Birlenbach 31 West Germany FRG
8 Vilmos Varjú 35 Hungary HUN
9 Jaromír Vlk 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
10 Jaroslav Brabec 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
11 Heinz-Joachim Rothenburg 28 East Germany GDR
12 Yves Brouzet 23 France FRA
13 Ralf Reichenbach 22 West Germany FRG
14 Rimantas Plungė 28 Soviet Union URS
15 Lahcen Samsam Akka 30 Morocco MAR
16 Seppo Simola 36 Finland FIN
17 Bruce Pirnie 29 Canada CAN
18 Traugott Glöckler 28 West Germany FRG
19 QR Ivan Ivančić 34 Yugoslavia YUG
20 QR Geoff Capes 23 Great Britain GBR
21 QR Arnjolt Beer 26 France FRA
22 QR Aleksandr Baryshnikov 23 Soviet Union URS
23 QR Les Mills 37 New Zealand NZL
24 QR Bo Grahn 24 Finland FIN
25 QR Loukas Louka 27 Greece GRE
26 QR Jugraj Singh India IND
27 QR Phil Conway 24 Ireland IRL
28 QR Christopher Okonkwo 31 Nigeria NGR
29 QR Hussein Al-Taib Maki 31 Saudi Arabia KSA