Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's shot put

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Men's shot put
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
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Men's shot put victory ceremony
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 3 August
Competitors 40 from 34 nations
Winning distance 21.89
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Tomasz Majewski  Poland
2nd, silver medalist(s) David Storl  Germany
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Reese Hoffa  United States
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The men's shot put competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom was held at the Olympic Stadium on 3 August.[1] Each athlete receives three throws in the qualifying round. All who achieve the qualifying distance progress to the final. If less than twelve athletes achieve this mark, then the twelve furthest throwing athletes reach the final. Each finalist is allowed three throws in last round, with the top eight athletes after that point being given three further attempts.[2]

In the qualification rounds, the first athletics event of the Olympics, the athletes with the best credentials coming in; (2007 World Champion) Reese Hoffa, (2011 World Champion) David Storl and (defending champion) Tomasz Majewski placed themselves in the favorite role, by tossing an automatic qualifier on their first attempt. Ryan Whiting and German Lauro had to take all three attempts to make their automatic qualifier, Lauro's becoming the new National Record for Argentina. It took 20.25 to make it to the finals, held in the evening.

The results of the first preliminary round foretold the final results. Those three athletes led from the first round, with Storl literally flexing his muscles in the ring as he took the early lead, then improving his position slightly in the second round. Lauro added 7 cm to the national record he had set in the morning in the second round and another 2 cm in the third, but in the end that was only good enough for sixth place. Majewski edged into the lead with his third attempt, while Hoffa made his best attempt in the fourth round. (2009 World Champion) Christian Cantwell came within 4 cm of grabbing the bronze medal from his American teammate in the final round, then Majewski put a cap on his victory with the best throw in the competition 21.89 on the final throw.[3] Majewski is the first to repeat as champion since Parry O'Brien in 1956, with Ralph Rose from 1908 the only other, and the first non-American to do that.

Schedule[edit]

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Friday, 3 August 2012 10:00
20:30
Qualifications
Finals

Records[edit]

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Randy Barnes (USA) 23.12 m Los Angeles, United States 20 May 1990
Olympic record  Ulf Timmermann (GDR) 22.47 m Seoul, South Korea 23 September 1988
2012 World leading  Christian Cantwell (USA) 22.31 m Champaign, United States 7 July 2012

The following National record were set during this competition.

Argentina National Record  Germán Lauro (ARG) 20.84m

Results[edit]

London Olympics 2012 - Friday August 3rd in the Olympic Stadium 4959SPcrop.jpg

Qualifying round[edit]

Qual. rule: qualification standard 20.65m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

Rank Group Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
1 B Reese Hoffa  United States 21.36 - - 21.36 Q
2 A David Storl  Germany 21.15 - - 21.15 Q
3 A Tomasz Majewski  Poland 21.03 - - 21.03 Q
4 B Ryan Whiting  United States 20.29 20.25 20.78 20.78 Q
5 A Germán Lauro  Argentina 20.10 x 20.75 20.75 Q, NR
6 A Pavel Lyzhyn  Belarus 19.85 20.10 20.57 20.57 q
7 B Dylan Armstrong  Canada 19.99 x 20.49 20.49 q
8 B Asmir Kolašinac  Serbia 20.44 20.44 q
9 A Christian Cantwell  United States 20.41 20.30 19.88 20.41 q
10 B Maksim Sidorov  Russia x 19.59 20.40 20.40 q
11 A Dorian Scott  Jamaica 20.18 20.30 20.31 20.31 q
12 B Chang Ming-Huang  Chinese Taipei 19.14 x 20.25 20.25 q
13 A Soslan Tsirikhov  Russia 19.25 19.78 20.17 20.17
14 A Rutger Smith  Netherlands 20.08 x 19.55 20.08
15 A Marco Fortes  Portugal 19.59 20.06 19.50 20.06
16 B Ralf Bartels  Germany x 20.00 19.89 20.00
17 B Nedžad Mulabegović  Croatia 19.18 19.86 19.72 19.86
18 B Om Prakash Singh  India 19.40 19.86 x 19.86
19 B Hüseyin Atıcı  Turkey 19.47 19.49 19.74 19.74
20 A Lajos Kürthy  Hungary 19.65 x x 19.65
21 A Georgi Ivanov  Bulgaria 19.42 19.40 19.63 19.63
22 B Antonín Žalský  Czech Republic x 19.62 19.49 19.62
23 A Kemal Mešić  Bosnia and Herzegovina 19.49 x 19.60 19.60
24 A Mihail Stamatoyiannis  Greece 18.67 x 19.24 19.24
25 A Dale Stevenson  Australia 18.38 19.17 19.01 19.17
26 A Māris Urtāns  Latvia 18.92 19.13 x 19.13
27 B Kim Christensen  Denmark 18.40 x 19.13 19.13
28 B Carl Myerscough  Great Britain 18.75 18.95 x 18.95
29 B Raigo Toompuu  Estonia 18.87 18.91 x 18.91
30 A Borja Vivas  Spain 18.46 x 18.88 18.88
31 A Stephen Saenz  Mexico x 18.65 x 18.65
32 B Amin Nikfar  Iran 18.62 x x 18.62
33 B Carlos Véliz  Cuba 18.26 x 18.57 18.57
34 B Emanuele Fuamatu  Samoa 17.78 x x 17.78
35 A Odinn Bjorn Thorsteinsson  Iceland x 17.04 17.62 17.62
36 A Adriatik Hoxha  Albania 17.58 x 17.13 17.58
37 A Justin Rodhe  Canada x x x NM
37 B Zhang Jun  China x x x NM
37 B Andriy Semenov  Ukraine x x x NM
38 B Andrei Mikhnevich  Belarus 19.81 19.55 19.89 19.89 DQ

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality 1 2 3 4 5 6 Result Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Tomasz Majewski  Poland 21.19 21.72 21.87 x 21.72 21.89 21.89
2nd, silver medalist(s) David Storl  Germany 21.84 21.86 21.41 x x x 21.86 PB
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Reese Hoffa  United States 20.98 20.95 21.23 21.11 19.53 x 21.23
4 Christian Cantwell  United States 20.21 20.95 x x 20.65 21.19 21.19
5 Dylan Armstrong  Canada 20.16 20.93 20.74 x x 20.34 20.93
6 Germán Lauro  Argentina 19.40 20.82 20.84 20.34 20.65 x 20.84 NR
7 Asmir Kolašinac  Serbia 20.18 20.71 x 20.54 20.46 x 20.71
8 Pavel Lyzhyn  Belarus 20.69 x x 19.93 20.04 x 20.69
9 Ryan Whiting  United States 20.21 20.21 20.64 20.64
10 Dorian Scott  Jamaica 19.51 20.61 x 20.61
11 Maksim Sidorov  Russia x 20.41 x 20.41
12 Chang Ming-Huang  Chinese Taipei 19.99 x 19.64 19.99

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