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Men's Shot Put

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 3, 2012
Date Finished: August 3, 2012

Gold: POL Tomasz Majewski
Silver: GER David Storl
Bronze: USA Reese Hoffa


Poland's [Tomasz Majewski] was back and expected to contend for gold, along with Canada's [Dylan Armstrong], who was ranked #1 in the world in 2011, and [David Storl] of Germany, the 2011 World Champion. The American threesome of [Reese Hoffa], [Christian Cantwell], and [Ryan Whiting] was also expected to contend for medals, but American putters had had difficulty winning gold recently at major internationals, although Whiting had won the 2012 World Indoors.

In the first round Storl took the lead with 21.84, followed by Majewski with 21.19 and Hoffa in third with 20.98. Majewski improved in round two with 21.72 but Storl also did so, posting 21.86. In round three Majewski would get the shot out to 21.87, a mark that would be good enough for gold, although he would improve in the final round to 21.89. The competition for medals was effectively over after round three as Majewski would win gold, Storl silver, and Hoffa bronze, his best mark of 21.23 coming in round three. Of the leaders, only Majewski improved in the final three rounds, save for Cantwell, who was fourth going into the final rounds, and solidified that in round six with 21.19. Storl fouled on all three of his final throws.

Majewski became only the third person to defend an Olympic shot put gold medal, after [Ralph Rose] in 1904 and 1908 and [Parry O'Brien] in 1952 and 1956.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tomasz Majewski 30 Poland POL Gold
2 David Storl 21 Germany GER Silver
3 Reese Hoffa 34 United States USA Bronze
4 Christian Cantwell 31 United States USA
5 Dylan Armstrong 31 Canada CAN
6 Germán Lauro 28 Argentina ARG
7 Asmir Kolašinac 27 Serbia SRB
8 Pavel Lyzhin 31 Belarus BLR
9 Ryan Whiting 25 United States USA
10 Dorian Scott 30 Jamaica JAM
11 Maksim Sidorov 26 Russia RUS
12 Chang Ming-Huang 29 Chinese Taipei TPE
13 r1/2 Soslan Tsirikhov 27 Russia RUS
14 r1/2 Rutger Smith 31 Netherlands NED
15 r1/2 Marco Fortes 29 Portugal POR
16 r1/2 Ralf Bartels 34 Germany GER
17 r1/2 Nedžad Mulabegović 31 Croatia CRO
18 r1/2 Om Prakash Singh Karhana 25 India IND
19 r1/2 Hüseyin Atıcı 26 Turkey TUR
20 r1/2 Lajos Kürthy 25 Hungary HUN
21 r1/2 Georgi Ivanov 27 Bulgaria BUL
22 r1/2 Antonín Žalský 31 Czech Republic CZE
23 r1/2 Kemal Mešić 26 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH
24 r1/2 Mikhalis Stamatogiannis 30 Greece GRE
25 r1/2 Dale Stevenson 24 Australia AUS
26 r1/2 Māris Urtāns 31 Latvia LAT
27 r1/2 Kim Juhl Christensen 28 Denmark DEN
28 r1/2 Carl Myerscough 32 Great Britain GBR
29 r1/2 Raigo Toompuu 31 Estonia EST
30 r1/2 Borja Vivas 28 Spain ESP
31 r1/2 Stephen Saenz 21 Mexico MEX
32 r1/2 Amin Nikfar 31 Iran IRI
33 r1/2 Carlos Véliz 24 Cuba CUB
34 r1/2 Emanuele Fuamatu 22 Samoa SAM
35 r1/2 Óðinn Björn Þorsteinsson 30 Iceland ISL
36 r1/2 Adriatik Hoxha 22 Albania ALB
AC Justin Rodhe 27 Canada CAN NM
AC Andriy Semenov 28 Ukraine UKR NM
AC Zhang Jun 29 China CHN NM
AC Andrey Mikhnevich 36 Belarus BLR DQ