Athletics at the 1920 Summer Olympics – Men's 56 pound weight throw

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Men's 56 pound weight throw
at the Games of the VII Olympiad
Venue Olympisch Stadion
Dates August 20–21
Competitors 12 from 4 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Pat McDonald  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Patrick Ryan  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Carl Johan Lind  Sweden
← 1904
Athletics at the
1920 Summer Olympics
Olympic Athletics.png
Track events
100 m   men
200 m men
400 m men
800 m men
1500 m men
5000 m men
10,000 m men
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
3000 m steeplechase men
4×100 m relay men
4×400 m relay men
3000 m team race men
3 km walk men
10 km walk 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
Hammer throw men
Javelin throw men
56 lb weight throw men
Combined events
Pentathlon men
Decathlon men
Cross-country events
Individual men
Team men

The men's 56 pound weight throw event was part of the track and field athletics programme at the 1920 Summer Olympics. It was the second appearance of this event after the debut in 1904. The Intercalated Games in 1906 saw a stone throw event. The competition was held on Friday, August 20, 1920 and on Saturday, August 21, 1920.

Twelve throwers from four nations competed.


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 1920 Summer Olympics.

World Record  ?
Olympic Record 10.46 Canada Étienne Desmarteau St. Louis (USA) September 1, 1904

Pat McDonald bettered the Olympic record in the qualification with 11.00 metres and in the final with 11.265 metres. As the competition has been discontinued, his Olympic record still stands.


The best six throwers qualified for the final.

Place Athlete Qual. Final
Distance Rank
1  Pat McDonald (USA) 11.00 1 11.265 OR
2  Patrick Ryan (USA) 10.925 2 10.965
3  Carl Johan Lind (SWE) 10.255 3 10.255
4  Archie McDiarmid (CAN) 9.475 4 10.12
5  Malcolm Svensson (SWE) 9.45 5 9.455
6  Johan Pettersson (FIN) 9.375 6 9.375
7  Edward Roberts (USA) 9.36
8  Elmer Niklander (FIN) 8.865
9  Ville Pörhölä (FIN) 8.85
10  James McEachern (USA) 8.84
11  Nils Linde (SWE) 8.635
12  Robert Olsson (SWE) 8.555


  • Belgium Olympic Committee (1957). Olympic Games Antwerp 1920: Official Report (in French). 
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 24 August 2007.