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2005 World Championships in Athletics Helsinki, Finland

2005 10th IAAF World Championships - Helsinki - Men's Shot Put



Host City: Helsinki, Finland Format: Qualifying round (20.25 or top 12 to final) (Aug 6)
Dates: 6–14 August 2005
Nations participating: 196
Athletes participating: 1,891
    Main venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   Helsinki Olympic Stadium
The 2005 leader with 22.20, and three-time world champion, Godina failed to qualify after losing 5Kg because of a stomach virus, which followed four separate injuries. The mantle of favourite fell on Cantwell who led the morning qualifiers with 21.11, but Cantwell had a miserable final, managing 20.87 for fifth place and producing just one other legal effort. The opening round was notable, first for 2000 world junior champion Smith’s 21.29, and then Nelson’s 21.73. Smith managed another 21m effort (21.04) in the next round, while Nelson’s four legal efforts were all over 21m, with 21.68 the best supporting effort. The relatively diminutive (1.81/115Kg) American had twice been runner-up in both the worlds and Olympics, so this was a particularly sweet triumph – “I lost my first big championship [in 2000] to the great Finnish shot putter Arsi Harju, and now I reach the top here in Finland, so I have come full circle.”
 In April 2013, the IAAF confirmed adverse findings from a re-test of the doping control sample which Ukraine’s Belonog had given after finishing first at the Athens Olympics one year earlier. He was suspended for two years to 2015, but more significantly all of his results from between August 2004 & August 2006 were disqualified. Included in this span were his Olympic gold and fourth place in Helsinki. The following month, the IAAF reported that re-tests of sample from Helsinki had shown adverse findings for former champion Mikhnevich, an athlete who had already been disqualified for failing a drugs test at the 2001 World Championships. In July 2013 he was banned for life by the IAAF, who wiped out all his results from Helsinki 2005 and beyond.
 The Men's Shot Put event at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium on August 6.
  Shot Put 6 August

Event report – men shot put final

Adam Nelson celebrates a new season's best 21.73m in Helsinki's Shot Put final

USA's Adam Nelson reached into his repertoire bag and again came out with the same strategy he used in Olympia last summer: Get a big one early and make the rest of the field chase you all the way.

After the Netherlands' Rutger Smith opened with a 21.29m, Nelson went to the ring four throws later and produced a season's best of 21.73m to grab a first-round lead, just as he did last August.

But any similarity of last year and this year ended at that point. Instead of the intense summer heat of ancient Greece, Nelson was thrust into a cold evening with intermittent light rain. But more significantly, instead of having to endure the ignominy of a last-round ambush as had been inflicted by  eventual Olympic champion Yuriy Belonog, Nelson finally was able to enjoy the euphoria known only to those who win a world title. 

It was a long wait for Nelson, who until now seemed to be destined to live out his competitive life clad in silver. Twice an Olympic silver medallist, and two times on the second step at the World Championships, he even finished second this year in his own national championships. But tonight, Nelson made the long-awaited leap to the centre circle. 

“This has been in the making for five years,” said the relieved winner later. “After Rutger’s last throw, it just all came together in me, and I had to fight hard to control my emotions.” 

It was certainly not a win that could have been predicted for most of the summer, as Nelson’s roller-coaster season contrasted greatly with the late spring fortunes of John Godina and the midsummer performances of Christian Cantwell. The only thing that could be said with relative certainty was that the principal challenge for Nelson lay in finding a way to defeat his own countrymen. 

It seems to be virtually axiomatic that a shot putter never peaks in a major championship. Nelson found a way to violate that rule with his best throw of the year, and it was truly golden.

Tonight’s competition also stood as a big step in Smith’s career, as the Dutch thrower put together a marvelous series of three throws farther than 21 metres in gaining the silver medal. The 24-year-old had previously produced only two career throws over that benchmark. As in the case of Nelson, the reigning European indoor champion’s big effort came at the start of the evening. 

“I saw it was going to rain,” said instant meteorologist Smith, “so I told myself to get a big one in the first round. And I did it!”

Athens eighth-place finisher Ralf Bartels of Germany started slowly with 20.30m, but he ended the evening with a 20.99m for the bronze, shocking erstwhile third-place finisher Belonog, who slid to a medal-less fourth at 20.89m. 

The Olympic experience was Bartels’ main inspiration in his success tonight. “When you know that you are only a little bit away from the medals and the podium, you try to concentrate on the task and reallocate your energy to find those few missing centimetres. That was what I did,” said the winner of Germany’s first shot put medal since Sven Buder’s silvers in 1997 and 1999. 

Cantwell, who had the top throw in the qualifying earlier in the day, was off his usual form all evening. With only two fair throws – usually a sign of distress – the current world indoor champion never improved after his opening 20.87m and finished fifth. 

Defending champion Andrei Mikhnevich of Belarus took sixth with a final-round 20.74m, barely pipping Denmark's Joachim Olsen at 20.73m. 

1 Adam Nelson USA 7 Jul 75 21.73
2 Rutger Smith NED 9 Jul 81 21.29
3 Ralf Bartels GER 21 Feb 78 20.99
4 Christian Cantwell USA 30 Sep 80 20.87
5 Joachim Olsen DEN 31 May 77 20.73
6 Ville Tiisanoja FIN 24 Dec 75 20.57
7 Tomasz Majewski POL 30 Aug 81 20.23
8 Tepa Reinikainen FIN 16 Mar 76 20.09
9 Mikuláš Konopka SVK 23 Jan 79 19.72
10 Carl Myerscough GBR 21 Oct 79 19.67
Yuriy Bilonoh UKR 9 Mar 74 DQ 32.2.a 20.89
Andrei Mikhnevich BLR 12 Jul 76 DQ 32.2.a 20.74
Final 21:00h Team Dist. 1 2 3 4 5 6
1 Adam Nelson USA 21.73 21.73 21.28 21.68 X 21.04 X
2 Rutger Smith NED 21.29 21.29 21.04 21.23 20.87 X 20.66
3 Ralf Bartels GER 20.99 20.30 X 20.61 20.77 20.53 20.99
4 Yuriy Bilonoh UKR 20.89 20.89 X 20.32 20.42 20.81 X
5 Christian Cantwell USA 20.87 20.87 X X X 20.57 X
6 Andrei Mikhnevich BLR 20.74 20.73 20.43 20.72 20.36 20.74
7 Joachim Olsen DEN 20.73 20.13 20.73 X 20.49 19.68 X
8 Ville Tiisanoja FIN 20.57 18.29 19.95 20.57 20.04 20.15 X
9 Tomasz Majewski POL 20.23 20.08 X 20.23
10 Tepa Reinikainen FIN 20.09 19.69 20.09 19.31
11 Mikulas Konopka SVK 19.72 19.33 19.67 19.72
12 Carl Myerscough GBR 19.67 19.15 19.67 X
  Qualification 6 August

Event Report - Men's Shot Put Qualifying

Defending champion Andrei Mikhnevich (BLR) was the first to chip through the ice in the early-morning qualification round with a leadoff 20.54, easily surpassing the 20.25 distance required for automatic advancement.

But it was Christian Cantwell (USA), throwing immediately after Mikhknevich, who hurled the shot 21.11 for the top performance of the morning and then quickly made his departure to rest for this evening’s final.

After a leadoff foul, the Olympic silver medallist, Adam Nelson (USA), threw a qualifying 20.35 to likewise extend his competitive day.  

Although 24 of the 29 competitors had reached the automatic qualification mark at some point during the current season, only seven found the range today.  Others in that elite group included Athens bronze medallist Joachim Olsen (DEN) with 20.85, the Olympic eighth placer Ralf Bartels (GER) at 20.56, Mikulas Konopka (SVK) with 20.39, and the reigning European indoor champion Rutger Smith (NED) at 20.26. 

Olympic champion and the Paris bronze medallist, Yuriy Belonog (UKR), saw his 20.21 effort suffice, as did the the heartily cheered Finnish pair of Tepa Reinikainen and Ville Tiisanoja, at 20.19 and 20.18, respectively. 

The morning was not so rosy for the third American, three times world champion John Godina, who of late has been battling numerous injuries and internal ailments.  Although proclaiming himself “feeling good enough to throw well” as recently as two days ago, the American only produced a 19.54 and failed to qualify, thus missing out on a record sixth appearance in the World Championships final. 

Notable among those joining Godina as a spectator for tonight’s final was the Athens fourth placer, Manuel Martínez (ESP), at 19.55 and only one centimetre ahead of his US rival. 

With 20.07 needed for advancement, the quality level of the preliminary round today was second only to that of the Edmonton championships four years ago, in which 20.13 was required.
  Group A
1 Christian Cantwell USA 30 Sep 80 21.11 Q
2 Joachim Olsen DEN 31 May 77 20.85 Q
3 Adam Nelson USA 7 Jul 75 20.35 Q
4 Tepa Reinikainen FIN 16 Mar 76 20.19 q
5 Tomasz Majewski POL 30 Aug 81 20.12 q
6 Carl Myerscough GBR 21 Oct 79 20.07 q
7 Gheorghe Guşet ROU 28 May 68 19.83
8 Manuel Martínez ESP 7 Dec 74 19.55
9 Petr Stehlík CZE 15 Apr 77 19.48
10 Miran Vodovnik SLO 11 Sep 77 19.28
11 Ivan Yushkov RUS 15 Jan 81 18.98
12 Marco Verni CHI 27 Feb 76 18.60
13 Dorian Scott JAM 1 Feb 82 18.33
Andrei Mikhnevich BLR 12 Jul 76 DQ 32.2.a 20.54
  Group B
1 Ralf Bartels GER 21 Feb 78 20.56 Q
2 Mikuláš Konopka SVK 23 Jan 79 20.39 Q
3 Rutger Smith NED 9 Jul 81 20.26 Q
4 Ville Tiisanoja FIN 24 Dec 75 20.18 q
5 Khalid Habash Al-Suwaidi QAT 10 Oct 84 19.72
6 Anton Lyuboslavskiy RUS 26 Jun 84 19.56
7 John Godina USA 31 May 72 19.54
8 Dragan Perić SRB 8 May 64 19.46
9 Taavi Peetre EST 5 Jul 83 19.20
10 Yury Bialou BLR 20 Mar 81 19.16
11 Hamza Alić BIH 20 Jan 79 18.77
12 Edis Elkasević CRO 18 Feb 83 18.59
Yuriy Bilonoh UKR 9 Mar 74 DQ 32.2.a 20.21
Janus Robberts RSA 10 Mar 79 NM
Pavel Lyzhyn BLR 24 Mar 81 NM
Group A Team Dist. 1 2 3
Christian Cantwell USA 21.11m 21.11
Joachim Olsen DEN 20.85m 20.16 19.82 20.85
Andrei Mikhnevich BLR 20.54m 20.54
Adam Nelson USA 20.35m X 20.35
Tepa Reinikainen FIN 20.19m 19.87 20.19 20.06
Tomasz Majewski POL 20.12m 20.04 20.12 20.09
Carl Myerscough GBR 20.07m 19.88 20.07 19.68
Gheorghe Guset ROM 19.83m 19.44 19.60 19.83
Manuel Martinez ESP 19.55m 19.49 19.55 19.28
Petr Stehlik CZE 19.48m 18.98 19.48 X
Miran Vodovnik SLO 19.28m 18.60 18.58 19.28
Ivan Yushkov RUS 18.98m 18.77 18.98 X
Marco Antonio Verni CHI 18.60m X X 18.60
Dorian Scott JAM 18.33m 18.10 X 18.33
Shaka Sola SAM DNS
Group B Team Dist. 1 2 3
Ralf Bartels GER 20.56m 20.56
Mikulas Konopka SVK 20.39m 19.73 X 20.39
Rutger Smith NED 20.26m 20.26
Yuriy Bilonoh UKR 20.21m 20.21 X 19.87
Ville Tiisanoja FIN 20.18m 19.85 19.57 20.18
Khalid Habash Al-Suwaidi QAT 19.72m 19.72 X 19.56
Anton Lyuboslavskiy RUS 19.56m 18.81 X 19.56
John Godina USA 19.54m 19.22 X 19.54
Dragan Peric SCG 19.46m 19.12 19.27 19.46
Taavi Peetre EST 19.20m X 19.20 19.08
Yury Belov BLR 19.16m 18.50 X 19.16
Hamza Alic BIH 18.77m 18.29 18.77 18.65
Edis Elkasevic CRO 18.59m 18.47 18.59 X
Janus Robberts RSA NM X X X
Pavel Lyzhyn BLR NM X X X




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