Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's shot put

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Men's shot put
at the Games of the I Olympiad
Venue Panathinaiko Stadium
Dates April 7
Competitors 7 from 5 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Robert Garrett
 United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Miltiadis Gouskos
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Georgios Papasideris
1900 →
Athletics at the
1896 Summer Olympics
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Track events
100 m   men
400 m men
800 m men
1500 m men
110 m hurdles men
Road events
Marathon men
Field events
Long jump men
Triple jump men
High jump men
Pole vault men
Shot put men
Discus throw men

The men's shot put was one of two throwing events on the Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. 7 athletes took part in the shot put competition on 7 April. The two Greek athletes both won medals, with Gouskos battling closely with Garrett of the United States for the longest distance.


Place Athlete Distance
1  Robert Garrett (USA) 11.22 m
2  Miltiadis Gouskos (GRE) 11.03 m
3  Georgios Papasideris (GRE) 10.36 m
4  Viggo Jensen (DEN) Unknown
5-7  Ellery Clark (USA) Unknown
 Fritz Hofmann (GER) Unknown
 Carl Schuhmann (GER) Unknown


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