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Men's Shot Put

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 11, 1984
Date Finished: August 11, 1984

Gold: ITA Alessandro Andrei
Silver: USA Mike Carter
Bronze: USA Dave Laut


The competition was weakened by the Soviet-led boycott. The top throwers were the three Americans, [Michael Carter], [Dave Laut], and [Augie Wolf], Italy's [Alessandro Andrei] and Swiss thrower [Werner Günthör]. Carter opened with 20.63 (67-8¼) to take the early lead. Andrei improved in both round two and three, his 21.26 (69-9) in the third round being the gold medal toss. Carter also improved in that round with 21.09 (69-2½), his best mark of the competition. Günthör was in third place (20.28 (66-6½)) until round five when Laut pushed the shot out to 20.31 (66-7¾) to move ahead of him. Wolf also passed him in the final round with 20.93 (68-8), just after Laut had improved to the bronze medal mark of 20.97 (68-9¾). Michael Carter turned to pro football right after the Olympics and won three Super Bowl rings with the San Francisco 49ers. He played nine years in the NFL, all with the 49ers. Among track fans, he is probably best known for the high school record he set with the 12-lb. shot in 1979. The record was 24.78 (81-3½) and has not been approached in the 30 years since. It was so dominant that many experts speculated that even the world's top adult throwers could not do better with the lighter shot.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Alessandro Andrei 25 Italy ITA Gold
2 Mike Carter 23 United States USA Silver
3 Dave Laut 27 United States USA Bronze
4 Augie Wolf 22 United States USA
5 Werner Günthör 23 Switzerland SUI
6 Marco Montelatici 30 Italy ITA
7 Sören Tallhem 20 Sweden SWE
8 Erik de Bruin 21 Netherlands NED
9 Aulis Akonniemi 25 Finland FIN
10 Gert Weil 24 Chile CHI
11 Bishop Dolegiewicz 31 Canada CAN
12 Karsten Stolz 20 West Germany FRG
13 QR Erwin Weitzl 24 Austria AUT
14 QR Dimitrios Koutsoukis 21 Greece GRE
15 QR Ahmed Kamel Shatta 23 Egypt EGY
16 QR Yngve Wahlander 25 Sweden SWE
17 QR Ahmed Mohamed Achouche 28 Egypt EGY
18 QR Matt Catalano 26 Canada CAN
19 QR Henry Smith 29 Samoa SAM