Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's shot put
|Men's shot put
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Men's shot put victory ceremony
|Competitors||40 from 34 nations|
|Athletics at the
2012 Summer Olympics
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men||women|
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men||women|
|20 km walk||men||women|
|50 km walk||men|
The men's shot put competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom was held at the Olympic Stadium on 3 August. Each athlete receives three throws in the qualifying round. All who achieve the qualifying distance progress to the final. If less than twelve athletes achieve this mark, then the twelve furthest throwing athletes reach the final. Each finalist is allowed three throws in last round, with the top eight athletes after that point being given three further attempts.
In the qualification rounds, the first athletics event of the Olympics, the athletes with the best credentials coming in; (2007 World Champion) Reese Hoffa, (2011 World Champion) David Storl and (defending champion) Tomasz Majewski placed themselves in the favorite role, by tossing an automatic qualifier on their first attempt. Ryan Whiting and German Lauro had to take all three attempts to make their automatic qualifier, Lauro's becoming the new National Record for Argentina. It took 20.25 to make it to the finals, held in the evening.
The results of the first preliminary round foretold the final results. Those three athletes led from the first round, with Storl literally flexing his muscles in the ring as he took the early lead, then improving his position slightly in the second round. Lauro added an additional 7 cm to the national record he had set in the morning in the second round and another 2 cm in the third, but in the end that was only good enough for sixth place. Majewski edged into the lead with his third attempt, while Hoffa made his best attempt in the fourth round. (2009 World Champion) Christian Cantwell came within 4 cm of grabbing the bronze medal from his American teammate in the final round, then Majewski put a cap on his victory with the best throw in the competition 21.89 on the final throw. Majewski is the first to repeat as champion since Parry O'Brien in 1956, with Ralph Rose from 1908 the only other, and the first non-American to do that.
|Friday, 3 August 2012||10:00
Prior to the competition[update], the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Randy Barnes (USA)||23.12 m||Los Angeles, United States||20 May 1990|
|Olympic record||Ulf Timmermann (GDR)||22.47 m||Seoul, South Korea||23 September 1988|
|2012 World leading||Christian Cantwell (USA)||22.31 m||Champaign, United States||7 July 2012|
- Entrants as of 27 July 2012.
Qual. rule: qualification standard 20.65m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).
|1||B||Reese Hoffa||United States||21.36||-||-||21.36||Q|
|4||B||Ryan Whiting||United States||20.29||20.25||20.78||20.78||Q|
|5||A||Germán Lauro||Argentina||20.10||x||20.75||20.75||Q, NR|
|9||A||Christian Cantwell||United States||20.41||20.30||19.88||20.41||q|
|12||B||Chang Ming-Huang||Chinese Taipei||19.14||x||20.25||20.25||q|
|19||B||Om Prakash Singh||India||19.40||19.86||x||19.86|
|23||B||Antonín Žalský||Czech Republic||x||19.62||19.49||19.62|
|24||A||Kemal Mešić||Bosnia and Herzegovina||19.49||x||19.60||19.60|
|29||B||Carl Myerscough||Great Britain||18.75||18.95||x||18.95|
|36||A||Odinn Bjorn Thorsteinsson||Iceland||x||17.04||17.62||17.62|
|Reese Hoffa||United States||20.98||20.95||21.23||21.11||19.53||x||21.23|
|4||Christian Cantwell||United States||20.21||20.95||x||x||20.65||21.19||21.19|
|9||Ryan Whiting||United States||20.21||20.21||20.64||20.64|
|12||Chang Ming-Huang||Chinese Taipei||19.99||x||19.64||19.99|
- Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
- "Men's Shot Put competition format". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
- Entry List by Event. IAAF (2012-07-27). Retrieved on 2012-07-29.