Athletics at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's shot put

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Men's shot put
at the Games of the XX Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Dates September 8 & 9
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Władysław Komar
 Poland
2nd, silver medalist(s) George Woods
 United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Hartmut Briesenick
 East Germany
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Athletics at the
1972 Summer Olympics
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Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men women
5000 m men
10,000 m men
100 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
3000 m
steeplechase
men
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men women
Road events
Marathon men
20 km walk men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Pentathlon women
Decathlon men

The men's shot put field event at the 1972 Olympic Games took place on September 8 & 9. The United States has not lost this event since 1936. The East German throwers were expected to pose a big challenge in these games, as well as the throwers from Poland. Brian Oldfield from the United States was the first person to use a new technique, a technique that is similar to the discus throwing style. The thrower uses a rotational spin before releasing the shot put.

Results[edit]

All throwers reaching 19.00 m (62 ft 4 in) and the top 12 including ties advanced to the finals. Shown in blue. All distances are listed in metres.

Qualifying[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Group Mark 1st throw 2nd throw 3rd throw
1 Władysław Komar  Poland A 20.60 20.60 p p
2 Hartmut Briesenick  East Germany B 20.38 20.38 p p
3 Heinfried Birlenbach  West Germany B 20.10 20.10 p p
4 George Woods  United States A 19.96 19.96 p p
5 Brian Oldfield  United States B 19.95 19.95 p p
6T Al Feuerbach  United States A 19.94 19.94 p p
6T Vilmos Varjú  Hungary B 19.94 19.94 p p
8 Yves Brouzet  France A 19.87 19.87 p p
9 Jaroslav Brabec  Czechoslovakia A 19.82 19.82 p p
10 Jaromír Vlk  Czechoslovakia B 19.61 x 18.20 19.61
11 Seppo Simola  Finland A 19.49 19.49 p p
12 Lahcen Samsam Akka  Morocco B 19.36 18.98 19.36 p
13 Rimantas Plungė  Soviet Union B 19.18 18.97 19.18 p
14 Bruce Pirnie  Canada B 19.18 19.18 p p
15 Ralf Reichenbach  West Germany A 19.14 19.14 p p
16 Traugott Glöckler  West Germany B 19.11 18.15 19.11 p
17 Hans-Peter Gies  East Germany A 19.06 19.06 p p
18 Heinz-Joachim Rothenburg  East Germany A 19.03 19.03 p p
19 Ivan Ivančić  Yugoslavia B 18.95 18.80 18.95 x
20 Geoff Capes  Great Britain B 18.94 18.94 18.72 18.79
21 Arnjolt Beer  France B 18.74 18.55 18.74 18.21
22 Aleksandr Baryshnikov  Soviet Union A 18.65 18.45 18.41 18.65
23 Les Mills  New Zealand B 18.38 17.61 18.38 x
24 Bo Grahn  Finland B 18.20 x x 18.20
25 Loukas Louka  Greece A 17.48 17.47 17.48 x
26 Jugraj Singh  India A 17.15 x 17.15 16.69
27 Phil Conway  Ireland B 16.69 16.16 15.76 16.69
28 Christopher Okonkwo  Nigeria A 16.51 14.98 x 16.51
29 Hussein Al-Taib Maki  Saudi Arabia A 11.57 x 11.57 10.77
- Youssef Nagui Assaad  Egypt A DNS
- Bjorn Andersen  Norway A DNS
- Bill Tancred  Great Britain A DNS
- Aristides Lanier  Cuba B DNS
- Salvatore Morale  Italy B DNS
- Vassil Kroumov  Bulgaria B DNS

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Mark 1st throw 2nd throw 3rd throw 4th throw 5th throw 6th throw Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Władysław Komar  Poland 21.18 21.18 x 20.55 20.74 20.80 x OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) George Woods  United States 21.17 20.55 20.17 20.71 21.17 20.88 21.05
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Hartmut Briesenick  East Germany 21.14 20.97 20.91 21.02 21.14 20.61 20.54
4 Hans-Peter Gies  East Germany 21.14 21.14 21.00 21.01 20.62 x x
5 Al Feuerbach  United States 21.01 20.90 20.29 x 20.86 21.01 20.28
6 Brian Oldfield  United States 20.91 20.85 20.60 20.87 20.54 20.91 20.13
7 Heinfried Birlenbach  West Germany 20.37 20.37 x x 19.89 x 20.13
8 Vilmos Varjú  Hungary 20.10 20.10 x x x 19.67 19.65
9 Jaromír Vlk  Czechoslovakia 20.09 19.66 20.09 x
10 Jaroslav Brabec  Czechoslovakia 19.86 19.61 19.86 19.60
11 Heinz-Joachim Rothenburg  East Germany 19.74 19.74 x x
12 Yves Brouzet  France 19.61 19.42 19.61 19.49
13 Ralf Reichenbach  West Germany 19.48 19.48 x x
14 Rimantas Plungė  Soviet Union 19.30 19.30 x x
15 Lahcen Samsam Akka  Morocco 19.11 19.11 x x
16 Seppo Simola  Finland 19.06 18.91 19.06 x
17 Bruce Pirnie  Canada 18.90 18.90 x x
18 Traugott Glöckler  West Germany 18.85 18.85 18.47 x

Key: p = pass; x = fault; NM = no mark; T = tied; DNS = did not start

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