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1968 Olympic Games Ciudad de México, Mexico - Men's Shot Put

 

 

Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 18.90 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: October 13, 1968  
Date Finished: October 14, 1968  
(Competitors: 19; Countries: 14; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Overview by IAAF    1968_olympic_stadium.jpg
Matson, probably the finest talent the event has seen, bettered the world record five times in the years 1965-67, improving Long’s mark by more than a metre to 21.78. By 1968, the world had begun to catch up and the number of 20m throwers increasing from two in 1967 to seven in Olympic year. Matson actually placed third in the US Trials, but was still a universal choice to win in Mexico. He opened with a qualifying effort of 20.68 to break the Olympic record, and won gold with the first throw of the final, 20.54. The tension of the occasion reduced the expected distances, and all of the top five attained their best throws in round 1. With five efforts beyond 20m Matson was clearly the best thrower in the event.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
By 1968 the mantle of best shot putter in the world had fallen to the shoulders of the 1964 silver medalist, Randy Matson. Matson had set five world records since 1965. The most important came on 8 May 1965 in the Southwest Conference Meet, when he threw 20.95 (68-8¾) and followed that with 21.52. The second record was 70-7¼, the first throw ever over 70 feet. But in April 1967 he improved that by nearly a full foot, throwing 21.78 (71-5½). Matson opened with 20.54 (67-4¾) in Mexico and that settled the gold medal – it would be his best put of the competition. In fact all the top four had their best throws in round one – George Woods (USA) with 20.12 (66-0¼), Eduard Gushchin (URS) with 20.09 (65-11), and Dieter Hoffmann (GDR) with 20.00 (65-7½).
 

Records

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

World record  Randy Matson (USA) 21.78 m College Station, United States April 23, 1967
Olympic record  Dallas Long (USA) 20.33 m Tokyo, Japan October 17, 1964
 
        Results          
   
Shot Put Men     Final 14 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 20.54     Randy Matson United States USA 23    
2 20.12     George Woods United States USA 25    
3 20.09     Eduard Gushchin Soviet Union URS 28    
4 20.00     Dieter Hoffmann East Germany GDR 26    
5 19.43     Dave Maggard United States USA 28    
6 19.28     Władysław Komar Poland POL 28    
7 19.03     Uwe Grabe East Germany GDR 25    
8 18.80     Heinfried Birlenbach West Germany FRG 27    
9 18.79     Pierre Colnard France FRA 39    
10 18.65     Jeff Teale Great Britain GBR 28    
11 18.18     Les Mills New Zealand NZL 33    
12 18.14     Traugott Glöckler West Germany FRG 24    
Shot Put Men     Qualifying Round Group A 13 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 20.68     Randy Matson United States USA 23 OR  
2 19.88     Eduard Gushchin Soviet Union URS 28    
3 19.79     George Woods United States USA 25    
4 19.75     Dieter Hoffmann East Germany GDR 26    
5 19.43     Heinfried Birlenbach West Germany FRG 27    
6 19.26     Dave Maggard United States USA 28    
7 19.15     Uwe Grabe East Germany GDR 25    
8 19.09     Władysław Komar Poland POL 28    
9 19.08     Traugott Glöckler West Germany FRG 24    
10 18.86     Vilmos Varjú Hungary HUN 31    
Shot Put Men     Qualifying Round Group B 13 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 19.57     Pierre Colnard France FRA 39    
2 19.00     Les Mills New Zealand NZL 33    
3 18.87     Jeff Teale Great Britain GBR 28    
4 18.72     Arnjolt Beer France FRA 22    
5 18.54     Edy Hubacher Switzerland SUI 28    
6 17.35     Guðmundur Hermannsson Iceland ISL 43    
7 16.43     Georgios Lemonis Greece GRE 25    
8 13.33     Rolando Mendoza Nicaragua NCA 29    
9 12.92     Mauricio Jubis El Salvador ESA 22    

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Results

Qualifying round

Qual. rule: qualification standard 18.90m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

Final
Rank Group Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
3 A Randy Matson United States 18.30 19.75 19.75 Q
1 A Eduard Gushchin Soviet Union 19.88 19.88 Q
2 A George Woods United States 19.79 19.79 Q
3 A Dieter Hoffmann East Germany 18.30 19.75 19.75 Q
5 B Pierre Colnard France 19.57 19.57 Q
6 A Heinfried Birlenbach West Germany 19.43 19.43 Q
7 A Dave Maggard United States 18.73 19.26 19.26 Q
8 A Uwe Grabe East Germany 18.08 18.59 19.15 19.15 Q
9 A Władysław Komar Poland 19.09 19.09 Q
10 A Traugott Glöckler West Germany 18.89 19.09 19.09 Q
11 B Les Mills New Zealand 18.56 19.00 19.00 Q
12 B Jeff Teale Great Britain 18.76 X 18.87 18.87 q
13 A Vilmos Varjú Hungary 18.69 X 18.86 18.86  
14 B Arnjolt Beer France 18.72 X X 18.72  
15 B Edy Hubacher Switzerland 18.54 18.38 X 18.54  
16 B Guðmundur Hermannsson Iceland 16.24 16.77 17.35 17.35  
17 B Georgios Lemonis Greece 16.43 X X 16.43  
18 B Rolando Mendoza Nicaragua 11.39 13.33 13.32 13.33  
19 B Mauricio Jubis El Salvador 12.04 12.46 12.92 12.92  
Rank Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 Result Notes
1st Randy Matson United States 20.54 20.09 18.67 20.15 20.02 20.18 20.54 OR
2nd George Woods United States 20.12 X X 19.19 X 20.12  
3rd Eduard Gushchin Soviet Union 20.09 19.45 19.69 X X 19.41 20.09  
4 Dieter Hoffmann East Germany 20.00 19.33 19.75 19.68 19.85 19.86 20.00  
5 Dave Maggard United States 19.43 19.33 19.75 19.68 19.85 19.86 19.43  
6 Władysław Komar Poland 18.66 19.28 18.54 X X 19.21 19.28  
7 Uwe Grabe East Germany 18.20 18.74 19.03 17.43 17.66 18.34 19.03  
8 Heinfried Birlenbach West Germany 18.80 18.48 X 18.13 18.67 X 18.80  
9 Pierre Colnard France 18.62 X 18.79 N/A 18.79  
10 Jeff Teale Great Britain 18.65 18.57 18.60 N/A 18.65  
11 Les Mills New Zealand 18.18 18.01 17.95 N/A 18.18  
12 Traugott Glöckler West Germany X 17.20 18.14 N/A 18.14  
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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