Men's shot put world record progression

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The first world record in the men's shot put was recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations in 1912. That inaugural record was the 15.54 m performance by Ralph Rose in 1909.[1]

As of June 21, 2009, 51 world records have been ratified by the IAAF in the event.[1] These distances by these men were accomplished with a 16 pound shot. The current world record has not changed since 1990, the longest duration of any one record. Rose's record lasted almost 19 years, and the record was untouched for almost a dozen years surrounding World War II. The record was improved upon five times in 1960, four times in 1934.

World record progression[edit]

Mark Athlete Date Location
15.54 m  Ralph Rose (USA) 21 August 1909 San Francisco, U.S.[1]
15.79 m  Emil Hirschfeld (GER) 6 May 1928 Breslau, Germany[1]
15.87 m  John Kuck (USA) 29 June 1928 Amsterdam, Netherlands[1]
16.04 m  Emil Hirschfeld (GER) 26 August 1928 Bochum, Germany[1]
16.04 m  František Douda (TCH) 4 October 1931 Brno, Czechoslovakia[1]
16.05 m  Zygmunt Heljasz (POL) 29 June 1932 Poznan, Poland[1]
16.16 m  Leo Sexton (USA) 27 August 1932 Freeport, U.S.[1]
16.20 m  František Douda (TCH) 24 September 1932 Prague, Czechoslovakia[1]
16.48 m  John Lyman (USA) 21 April 1934 Palo Alto, U.S.[1]
16.80 m  Jack Torrance (USA) 27 April 1934 Des Moines, U.S.[1]
16.89 m  Jack Torrance (USA) 30 June 1934 Milwaukee, U.S.[1]
17.40 m  Jack Torrance (USA) 5 August 1934 Oslo, Norway[1]
17.68 m  Charlie Fonville (USA) 17 April 1948 Lawrence, U.S.[1]
17.79 m  Jim Fuchs (USA) 28 July 1949 Oslo, Norway[1]
17.82 m  Jim Fuchs (USA) 29 April 1950 Los Angeles, U.S.[1]
17.90 m  Jim Fuchs (USA) 20 August 1950 Visby, Sweden[1]
17.95 m  Jim Fuchs (USA) 22 August 1950 Eskilstuna, Sweden[1]
18.00 m  Parry O'Brien (USA) 9 May 1953 Fresno, U.S.[1]
18.04 m  Parry O'Brien (USA) 5 June 1953 Compton, U.S.[1]
18.42 m  Parry O'Brien (USA) 8 May 1954 Los Angeles, U.S.[1]
18.43 m  Parry O'Brien (USA) 21 May 1954 Los Angeles, U.S.[1]
18.54 m  Parry O'Brien (USA) 11 June 1954 Los Angeles, U.S.[1]
18.62 m  Parry O'Brien (USA) 5 May 1956 Salt Lake City, U.S.[1]
18.69 m  Parry O'Brien (USA) 15 June 1956 Los Angeles, U.S.[1]
19.06 m  Parry O'Brien (USA) 3 September 1956 Eugene, U.S.[1]
19.25 m  Parry O'Brien (USA) 1 October 1956 Los Angeles, U.S.[1]
19.25 m  Dallas Long (USA) 28 March 1959 Santa Barbara, U.S.[1]
19.30 m  Parry O'Brien (USA) 1 August 1959 Albuquerque, U.S.[1]
19.38 m  Dallas Long (USA) 5 March 1960 Los Angeles, U.S.[1]
19.45 m  Bill Nieder (USA) 19 March 1960 Palo Alto, U.S.[1]
19.67 m  Dallas Long (USA) 26 March 1960 Los Angeles, U.S.[1]
19.99 m  Bill Nieder (USA) 2 April 1960 Austin, U.S.[1]
20.06 m  Bill Nieder (USA) 12 August 1960 Walnut, U.S.[1]
20.08 m  Dallas Long (USA) 18 May 1962 Los Angeles, U.S.[1]
20.10 m  Dallas Long (USA) 4 April 1964 Los Angeles, U.S.[1]
20.20 m  Dallas Long (USA) 29 May 1964 Los Angeles, U.S.[1]
20.68 m  Dallas Long (USA) 25 July 1964 Los Angeles, U.S.[1]
21.52 m  Randy Matson (USA) 8 May 1965 College Station, U.S.[1]
21.78 m  Randy Matson (USA) 23 April 1967 College Station, U.S.[1]
21.82 m  Al Feuerbach (USA) 5 May 1973 San Jose, U.S.[1]
21.85 m  Terry Albritton (USA) 21 February 1976 Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.[1]
22.00 m  Aleksandr Baryshnikov (URS) 10 June 1976 Paris, France[1]
22.15 m  Udo Beyer (GDR) 6 July 1978 Gothenburg, Sweden[1]
22.22 m  Udo Beyer (GDR) 25 June 1983 Los Angeles, U.S.[1]
22.62 m  Ulf Timmermann (GDR) 22 September 1985 Berlin, Germany[1]
22.64 m  Udo Beyer (GDR) 20 August 1986 Berlin, Germany[1]
22.72 m  Alessandro Andrei (ITA) 12 August 1987 Viareggio, Italy[1]
22.84 m  Alessandro Andrei (ITA) 12 August 1987 Viareggio, Italy[1]
22.91 m  Alessandro Andrei (ITA) 12 August 1987 Viareggio, Italy[1]
23.06 m  Ulf Timmermann (GDR) 22 May 1988 Chania, Greece[1]
23.12 m  Randy Barnes (USA) 20 May 1990 Los Angeles, U.S.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba "12th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009." (pdf). Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2009. pp. Pages 546, 557. Archived from the original on November 23, 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2009.