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
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The winner Ralph Rose
Venue White City Stadium
Date July 16
Competitors 25 from 8 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Ralph Rose  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Denis Horgan  Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) John Garrels  United States
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1908 Summer Olympics
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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].