Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's shot put

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Men's shot put
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
Ralph Rose.jpg
The winner Ralph Rose
Venue White City Stadium
Date July 16
Competitors 25 from 8 nations
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Great Britain
Bronze medal    United States
1904 1912
Athletics at the
1908 Summer Olympics
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Track events
100 m   men
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Marathon men
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Field events
Long jump men
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The men's shot put was one of six throwing events on the Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme in London. The competition was held on July 16, 1908.

25 shot putters from eight nations competed.


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 1908 Summer Olympics.

World Record 15.12(*) United States Ralph Rose Montreal (CAN) September 21, 1907
Olympic Record 14.81 United States Ralph Rose St. Louis (USA) August 31, 1904

(*) unofficial


Place Name Nation Distance
1 Ralph Rose United States 14.21 metres
2 Denis Horgan Great Britain 13.62 metres
3 John Garrels United States 13.18 metres
4 Wesley Coe United States 13.07 metres
5 Edward Barrett Great Britain 12.89 metres
6 Bill Horr United States 12.83 metres
7 Jalmari Sauli Finland 12.58 metres
8 Lee Talbott United States 11.63 metres
9-25 John Barrett Great Britain Unknown
Wilbur Burroughs United States Unknown
Michalis Dorizas Greece Unknown
Nikolaos Georgantas Greece Unknown
Juho Halme Finland Unknown
Arne Halse Norway Unknown
István Mudin Hungary Unknown
Verner Järvinen Finland Unknown
Charles Lagarde France Unknown
Henry Alan Leeke Great Britain Unknown
Mór Kóczán Hungary Unknown
Tom Nicolson Great Britain Unknown
Elmer Niklander Finland Unknown
Martin Sheridan United States Unknown
André Tison France Unknown
Hugo Wieslander Sweden Unknown
Bruno Zilliacus Finland Unknown


  • Official Report of the Games of the IV Olympiad (1908).
  • De Wael, Herman. Herman's Full Olympians: "Athletics 1908". Accessed 7 April 2006. Available electronically at [1].