Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Men's two handed shot put

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Men's two handed shot put
at the Games of the V Olympiad
1912 Ralph Rose2.JPG
Rose on the way to win the gold medal.
Venue Stockholm Olympic Stadium
Date July 11
Competitors 8 from 5 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Ralph Rose  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Pat McDonald  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Elmer Niklander  Finland
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The men's two handed shot put was a track and field athletics event held as part of the Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics programme. It was the only appearance of the event at the Olympics, along with the other two handed throws. The format of the event was such that each thrower threw the shot three times with his right hand and three times with his left hand. The best distance with each hand was summed to give a total. The three finalists received three more throws with each hand. The competition was held on Thursday, July 11, 1912.

Seven shot putters from five nations competed.


The top four throwers were the same as those in the standard shot put event, though in a different order. McDonald, who had won the one-handed event, was not able to match Rose in their best-hand throws a day later. Niklander's excellent off-hand throw in the first round gave him the lead going into the finals.

Rose and McDonald bettered Niklander's off-hand throw in the final, but barely. A nearly even result with the off-hand (Rose won by .02 metres) gave the win to Rose. Niklander, only .02 metres behind McDonald and .04 behind Rose with the off-hand, placed third when his best-hand throw measured more than a metre further than he'd thrown in the standard event.

Place Athlete Preliminary Final Best mark
1 2 3 Total Rank 4 5 6
1  Ralph Rose (USA) 15.11 15.23 26.50 2nd 14.78 15.10 27.70
11.04 11.19 11.27 11.34 11.65 12.47
2  Pat McDonald (USA) 14.24 25.09 3rd 15.08 27.53
11.37 11.74 11.85 11.79 12.29 12.45
3  Elmer Niklander (FIN) 14.24 26.67 1st 13.55 14.71 27.14
11.84 12.43 12.42
4  Lawrence Whitney (USA) 13.48 24.09 4th 24.09
5  Einar Nilsson (SWE) 12.52 23.37 5th 23.37
10.05 10.85
6  Paavo Aho (FIN) 12.54 12.72 23.30 6th 23.30
10.25 10.29 10.58
7  Mgirdiç Migiryan (TUR) 10.85 19.78 7th 19.78
Bronze medalist Elmer Niklander.


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