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Men's Shot Put

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 15, 2008
Date Finished: August 15, 2008

Gold: POL Tomasz Majewski
Silver: USA Christian Cantwell
Bronze: CAN Dylan Armstrong


The American threesome of [Adam Nelson], [Christian Cantwell], and [Reese Hoffa] was considered dominant and an American sweep seemed to be a real possibility. In the end they were left gasping just to get any medal. All three qualified easily but the problems were highlighted by Nelson, silver medalist in 2000 and 2004, who fouled three times and did not advance, with no fair mark in the final. The leader in round one was Pole [Tomasz Majewski] with 20.80 (68-3), but Belarussian [Andrey Mikhnevich] moved ahead in round two with 21.05 (69-0¾). Canada’s [Dylan Armstrong] moved into second with 21.04 (69-0½) and Cantwell moved into third with 20.98 (68-10). Majewski came back in the third stanza, taking the lead with 21.21 (69-7) which would eventually be good enough for the gold medal. Cantwell, Armstrong, and Mikhnevich could not improve in rounds four or five, but Majewski did, tossing 21.51 (70-7), the only 70-footer and the best mark of the competition. Going into the final round, no American was in a podium position, with Cantwell in fourth, and Hoffa standing seventh with 20.53 (67-4¼). Cantwell then came thru for the silver medal with a final round effort of 21.09 (69-2½), preventing the vaunted American threesome from being shut out. Majewski’s previous best finish at a major competition had been fifth at the 2007 World Championships.

This result would stand for five years but in 2013 it was announced that a retest of a urine sample given by Mikhnevich at the 2005 IAAF World Athletics Championships had, with the use of updated testing techniques, revealed the presence of no less than three banned substances. Since the Belarussian had previously served a doping ban between 2001 and 2003, this second offence was punishable by a lifetime suspension and all of his performances since the 2005 World Championships were automatically voided by the IAAF. In 2014 the Canadian Olympic Committee announced that the IOC had confirmed that Armstrong was promoted to the bronze medal position in place of Mikhnevich. Armstrong received his bronze medal on 15 February 2015, in his hometown of Kamloops, British Columbia, almost 7 years after the event had ended.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tomasz Majewski 26 Poland POL Gold
2 Christian Cantwell 27 United States USA Silver
3 Dylan Armstrong 27 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Pavel Lyzhin 27 Belarus BLR
5 Yuriy Bilonoh 34 Ukraine UKR
6 Reese Hoffa 30 United States USA
7 Pavel Sofin 26 Russia RUS
8 Rutger Smith 27 Netherlands NED
9 Yury Belov 27 Belarus BLR
10 Ivan Yushkov 27 Russia RUS
AC final Adam Nelson 33 United States USA
12 QR Peter Sack 29 Germany GER
13 QR Andriy Semenov 24 Ukraine UKR
14 QR Dorian Scott 26 Jamaica JAM
15 QR Justin Anlezark 30 Australia AUS
16 QR Hamza Alić 29 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH
17 QR Anton Lyuboslavsky 24 Russia RUS
18 QR Manuel Martínez 33 Spain ESP
19 QR Miran Vodovnik 30 Slovenia SLO
20 QR Scott Martin 25 Australia AUS
21 QR Joachim Olsen 31 Denmark DEN
22 QR Yves Niaré 31 France FRA
23 QR Carlos Véliz 20 Cuba CUB
24 QR Māris Urtāns 27 Latvia LAT
25 QR Taavi Peetre 25 Estonia EST
26 QR Sultan Abdulmajeed Al-Habshi 25 Saudi Arabia KSA
27 QR Petr Stehlík 31 Czech Republic CZE
28 QR Nedžad Mulabegović 27 Croatia CRO
29 QR Milan Haborák 35 Slovakia SVK
30 QR Reinaldo Proenza 23 Cuba CUB
31 QR Germán Lauro 24 Argentina ARG
32 QR Asmir Kolašinac 23 Serbia SRB
33 QR Lajos Kürthy 21 Hungary HUN
34 QR Ion Emilianov 31 Moldova MDA
35 QR Mikhalis Stamatogiannis 26 Greece GRE
36 QR Yasser Farag 24 Egypt EGY
37 QR Marco Fortes 25 Portugal POR
38 QR Marco Antonio Verni 32 Chile CHI
39 QR Chang Ming-Huang 25 Chinese Taipei TPE
AC QR Robert Häggblom 25 Finland FIN
AC QR Georgi Ivanov 23 Bulgaria BUL
AC QR Amin Nikfar 27 Iran IRI
AC QR Alexis Paumier 33 Cuba CUB
AC Andrey Mikhnevich 32 Belarus BLR DQ