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Men's Shot Put

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Ancient Olympic Stadium, Olympia
Date Started: August 18, 2004
Date Finished: August 18, 2004

Gold: USA Adam Nelson
Silver: DEN Joachim Olsen
Bronze: ESP Manuel Martínez


The event was conducted at the [Ancient Olympic stadium] on the Peleponnesus, although the woman threw first and had the honor of the first competition there in over 1,600 years. [Adam Nelson] (USA) had placed second at the last three major meets – the 2000 Olympics, and the 2001 and 2003 World Championships – and he hoped to improve on that. He opened with 21.16 (69-5¼) in round one, which led. It would be his best throw, and in fact, his only fair throw, as he followed with five fouls. In second after the first round was Ukraine's [Yuriy Bilonoh] with 21.15 (69-4¾), only one centimeter back. He repeated that mark in round two but could do no better, and still trailed Nelson until the final round. In the final round Nelson had a marginal foul of around 21.30 (69-10¾), and had to settle for his opening mark. Bilonoh then threw 21.16 (69-5¼) in the final round to tie Nelson, but his next best mark was better than Nelson's, who had no next best mark. Thus Nelson was again in second place. Finally in 2005, he would stop that trend, winning the World Championships.

But Nelson would eventually do better. In 2012 the IOC re-tested the drug samples from the Athens Olympics. Bilonoh would be disqualified in December 2012 when his doping sample revealed the presence of oxandrolone metabolite, an anabolic steroid. In June 2013 the IOC re-classified the medals, awarding Nelson the gold medal, with the silver medal going to [Joachim Olsen] and the bronze to [Manuel Martínez].

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Adam Nelson 29 United States USA Gold
2 Joachim Olsen 27 Denmark DEN Silver
3 Manuel Martínez 29 Spain ESP Bronze
4 Andrey Mikhnevich 28 Belarus BLR
5 Yury Belov 23 Belarus BLR
6 Justin Anlezark 26 Australia AUS
7 Ralf Bartels 26 Germany GER
8 John Godina 32 United States USA
9 Mikuláš Konopka 25 Slovakia SVK
10 Miran Vodovnik 26 Slovenia SLO
11 Petr Stehlík 27 Czech Republic CZE
12 QR Tepa Reinikainen 28 Finland FIN
13 QR Rutger Smith 23 Netherlands NED
14 QR Gheorghe Gușet 36 Romania ROU
15 QR Ivan Yushkov 23 Russia RUS
16 QR Pavel Lyzhin 23 Belarus BLR
17 QR Tomasz Majewski 22 Poland POL
18 QR Ville Tiisanoja 28 Finland FIN
19 QR Brad Snyder 28 Canada CAN
20 QR Janus Robberts 25 South Africa RSA
21 QR Reese Hoffa 26 United States USA
22 QR Pavel Chumachenko 33 Russia RUS
23 QR Zsolt Biber 28 Hungary HUN
24 QR Ion Emilianov 27 Moldova MDA
25 QR Taavi Peetre 21 Estonia EST
26 QR Antonín Žalský 24 Czech Republic CZE
27 QR Peter Sack 25 Germany GER
28 QR Nedžad Mulabegović 23 Croatia CRO
29 QR Khalid Habash Al-Suwaidi 20 Qatar QAT
30 QR Pavel Sofin 22 Russia RUS
31 QR Dragan Perić 40 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
32 QR Detlef Bock 29 Germany GER
33 QR Burger Lambrechts 31 South Africa RSA
34 QR Roman Virastiuk 36 Ukraine UKR
35 QR Edis Elkasević 21 Croatia CRO
36 QR Galin Kostadinov 24 Bulgaria BUL
AC QR Marco Antonio Verni 28 Chile CHI
AC QR Bahadur Singh 31 India IND
AC [1] Yuriy Bilonoh 30 Ukraine UKR DQ (doping)