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2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro - Men's Shot Put


Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Format: Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 18, 2016 Format: Top three in each heat and next three fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: August 18, 2016 Format: Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to round one
 Competitors 34from 24 nations  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, Rio de Janeiro
 Ryan Crouser
Summary by      
American [Joe Kovacs] was the 2015 World Champion, but Germany’s [David Storl] had been the most consistent putter over the last few years. Kovacs had finished second at the US Trials to [Ryan Crouser], who had set a personal best to win that event. In Rio, Crouser led the qualifying by almost 60 centimetres, establishing himself as the favorite for the final. He opened the final with 21.15 as the first thrower, but was surpassed, first by Congolese [Franck Elemba], with 21.20, and then Kovacs with 21.78. In round two Crouser threw a PR 22.22, which was the world leading mark for the year, and that would win the gold medal for him. Kovacs and Elemba never improved on their opening marks. New Zealander [Tom Walsh] threw 21.36 in round five to win bronze, pushing Elemba off the podium. Crouser improved in round three with another PR of 22.26, and then in round five bettered that with an Olympic record 22.52, as he dominated the competition. Storl was never a factor, barely making the final round, and placing seventh.
Summary by Wikipedia

In the final, the surprise find of the season Ryan Crouser set the tone with a 21.15 m on the first throw of the competition. Two throwers later, O'Dayne Richards also set his tone with a big first throw, but his foot went over the toe board. Two time defending champion Tomasz Majewski and his Polish teammate, two time world junior champion Konrad Bukowiecki also had foul trouble. Bukowiecki never got a legal throw in. On the fourth throw of the competition, the home crowd got a thrill as Darlan Romani threw the Brazilian National Record 21.02 m, beating the mark he set earlier in the morning. Two more throws later, Franck Elemba threw 21.20 m to take the lead and set the new national record for the Congo. On the tenth throw, the 2016 world leader Joe Kovacs threw 21.78 m to take over the lead at the end of the first round. Starting the second round, Crouser tossed 22.22 m, to not only take the lead but to become tied for the number 17 thrower in history. Near the end of the round, Tomas Walsh threw 21.20 m, to equal Elemba's distance, but with his second throw of 21.00 Elemba held the tiebreaker for bronze position. For his third round throw, Crouser improved his best to 22.26 m, to advance to become the number 14 thrower in history. After dropping off four competitors and changing the throwing order, Walsh moved into the bronze medal position with a 21.36 m in the fifth round. Then Crouser put the exclamation point on his night's work with a 22.52 m (73 ft 1012 in), beating Ulf Timmermann's Olympic Record from 1988; the days of East German doping dominance. It moved him into a tie for the number 10 thrower in history. Since 2004, only Kovacs has thrown farther.

The medals were presented by Issa Hayatou, IOC member,  Cameroon and Karim Ibrahim, Council Member of the IAAF.

Competition format

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. 


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

World record  Randy Barnes (USA) 23.12 m Los Angeles, California, United States 20 May 1990
Olympic record  Ulf Timmermann (GDR) 22.47 m Seoul, South Korea 23 September 1988
2016 World leading  Joe Kovacs (USA) 22.13 m Eugene, Oregon, United States 22 May 2016

The following record was established during the competition:

18 August Final  United States Ryan Crouser 22.52 m Olympic record

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18 AUG 2016 Report Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Report: men's shot put final – Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Ryan Crouser led the qualifying competition in the morning and the giant US putter held his nerve despite not having competed in any international competition since he won the world youth title in Italy seven years ago, unleashing the four best efforts of the night culminating in 22.52m in the fifth round to take the gold medal.

Crouser stamped his authority on the competition quickly.

The first putter into the circle, he opened with a very solid 21.15m but saw Congo’s Franck Elemba reach a national record 21.20m a few throws later. Everyone then watched as Crouser’s compatriot and 2015 world champion Joe Kovacs, throwing 10th in the initial rotation, sent the shot out to 21.78m.

Crouser then went into the circle a second time, spinning around and propelling his implement out to a personal best of 22.22m and that was the last time the lead changed hands.

He improved by four centimetres in the third round with 22.26m and then had a 21.93m effort in the fourth round.

Crouser got a reminder that the contest was not yet over in the fifth round when Kovacs, who had not improved on his first put, had a big effort which could have taken the lead but for his heel catching the stop of the stop board and being ruled a foul.

With the final attempt of the fifth round, Crouser sealed his win with an Olympic record of 22.52m, adding five centimetres to Ulf Timmermann’s long-standing mark from the 1988 Olympics and moving to ninth on the all-time list.

The final round was almost anti-climactic only in so far as neither Crouser or Kovacs could improve, putting 21.74m and 21.35m respectively once a US one-two had been secured.

Walsh continues Kiwi shot successes

Behind the two US putters, New Zealand’s 2016 world indoor champion Tom Walsh matched Elemba’s 21.20m in the second round and then reached 21.36m in the fifth round to secure the bronze medal, consolidating New Zealand’s reputation as something of a shot put haven after Valerie Adams’ many successes including a silver medal in Rio.

It’s worth remembering that New Zealand only has a population only has a population of 4.5 million.

Spare a thought for Elemba too, in fourth place.

He was the right choice to be a flag-bearer in the opening ceremony as he came so close to getting his country’s first Olympic medal in any sport, although his national record will be some compensation.

Getting huge cheers, and not being too far from getting the host nation's second athletics medal, Brazil's Darlan Romani proved to be inspired by the crowd and produced a national record of 21.02m in the first round  – following on from his earlier record of 20.94m in qualifying on Thursday – and although he could not improve, he finished a hugely creditable fifth.

Another man who will leave Rio with a smile on his face will be Poland's two-time defending champion Tomasz Majewski. Indeed, the popular Pole was smiling for much of the competition despite not expecting to be in contention for the medals on current form having not gone over 21 metres in the last two years.

Neverthless, Majewski was just 12cm down on his 2016 best and took sixth place with 20.72m.

Phil Minshull for the IAAF

Shot Men     Final 18 August        
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date   Records
1 22.52     Ryan Crouser   USA 18 Dec 92   WL PB
2 21.78     Joe Kovacs   USA 28 Jun 89    
3 21.36     Tom Walsh   NZL 1 Mar 92    
4 21.20     Frank Elemba   CGO 21 Jul 90   NR , PB
5 21.02     Darlan Romani   BRA 9 Apr 91   NR , PB
6 20.72     Tomasz Majewski   POL 30 Aug 81    
7 20.64     David Storl   GER 27 Jul 90    
8 20.64     O'Dayne Richards   JAM 14 Dec 88    
9 20.50     Jacko Gill   NZL 20 Dec 94    
10 20.45     Damien Birkinhead   AUS 8 Apr 93    
11 20.04     Stipe Žunić   CRO 13 Dec 90    
  NM     Konrad Bukowiecki   POL 17 Mar 97    
18 AUG 2016 Report Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Report: men's shot put qualifying – Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Six men went past the automatic qualifying distance of 20.65m but pride of place went to the US champion Ryan Crouser, who launched his implement out a massive 21.59m with his first attempt in the second qualifying pool.

The put gave notice that despite his lack of senior international experience, having not gone to a major championship since he won the world U18 title in 2009, he should be a factor in the final.

New Zealand’s Tom Walsh quickly qualified for the final later on Thursday when he sent his first effort out to 21.03m in the same pool, both group A and B operating alongside each other.

Getting as much support as possible from the sparse crowd, Brazil’s Darlan Romani impressed when he rose to the occasion and set a national record of 20.94m with his first attempt.

The other man to qualify by right from the second group was the holder of the world U20 best with the senior shot, Poland’s Konrad Bukowiecki. The world U20 champion fouled his first attempt but then found his rhythm and reached 20.71m.

Performances at the sharp end of group A were a little more restrained.

New Zealand’s Jacko Gill made it two men in black in the final when he put 20.80m with his third effort while world champion Joe Kovacs, one of many putters who don’t like getting up too early in the morning, qualified fairly effortlessly with his second-round throw of 20.73m.

Among the non-automatic qualifiers were Germany’s two-time world champion and 2012 Olympic silver medallist David Storl, another man who is well known for needing a couple of cups of coffee ahead of morning qualifying sessions but who has a knack of getting it together for finals, and two-time defending Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski.

Jamaica’s world bronze medallist O’Dayne Richards, who has been struggling to find his 2015 form this summer, qualified as the 12th and last putter with 20.40m, just scraping into the final ahead of Romania’s world indoor silver medallist Andrei Gag, who also reached 20.40m but lost out on the basis of second-best distances in the qualifying competition.

Crouser's 21.59m was the best ever qualifying mark at a global championships, indoors or outdoors. With 20.40m not being enough to advance, it was the highest quality qualifying round in history.

Inevitably, with 34 men competing across the two groups, there were several men who did not achieve their ambition of making the final.

The most notable casualties were Poland’s European silver medalist Michal Haratyk and Nigeria’s Stephen Mozia, both of whom have surpassed 21 metres this year but who found 20 metres beyond them on Thursday morning.

In fact, no fewer than six men who have thrown beyond 21 metres this year failed to progress to the final, which is scheduled for 2030 local time in Rio on Thursday.

Phil Minshull for the IAAF

Shot Men     Qualification 18 August        
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date   Records
1 21.59   Q Ryan Crouser   USA 18 Dec 92 B 1  
2 21.03   Q Tom Walsh   NZL 1 Mar 92 B 2  
3 20.94   Q Darlan Romani   BRA 9 Apr 91 B 3 NR , PB
4 20.80   Q Jacko Gill   NZL 20 Dec 94 A 1  
5 20.73   Q Joe Kovacs   USA 28 Jun 89 A 2  
6 20.71   Q Konrad Bukowiecki   POL 17 Mar 97 B 4  
7 20.56   q Tomasz Majewski   POL 30 Aug 81 A 3  
8 20.52   q Stipe Žunić   CRO 13 Dec 90 A 4  
9 20.50   q Damien Birkinhead   AUS 8 Apr 93 B 5  
10 20.47   q David Storl   GER 27 Jul 90 B 6  
11 20.45   q Frank Elemba   CGO 21 Jul 90 A 5  
12 20.40   q O'Dayne Richards   JAM 14 Dec 88 B 7  
13 20.40     Andrei Gag   ROU 27 Apr 91 A 6  
14 20.25     Borja Vivas   ESP 26 May 84 A 7  
15 20.16     Asmir Kolašinac   SRB 15 Oct 84 B 8  
16 20.00     Tim Nedow   CAN 16 Oct 90 A 8  
17 19.98     Carlos Tobalina   ESP 2 Aug 85 B 9  
18 19.97     Michał Haratyk   POL 10 Apr 92 B 10  
19 19.89     Germán Lauro   ARG 2 Apr 84 A 9  
20 19.76     Tomáš Staněk   CZE 13 Jun 91 A 10  
21 19.69     Filip Mihaljević   CRO 31 Jul 94 B 11  
22 19.62     Tobias Dahm   GER 23 May 87 A 11  
23 19.56     Darrell Hill   USA 17 Aug 93 A 12  
24 19.55     Mesud Pezer   BIH 27 Aug 94 B 12  
25 19.49     Georgi Ivanov   BUL 13 Mar 85 B 13  
26 19.48     Hamza Alić   BIH 20 Jan 79 A 13  
27 19.37     Nikólaos Skarvélis   GRE 2 Feb 93 A 14  
28 18.98     Stephen Mozia   NGR 16 Aug 93 A 15  
29 18.88     Tsanko Arnaudov   POR 14 Mar 92 B 14  
30 18.84     Kemal Mešić   BIH 4 Aug 85 A 16  
31 18.72     Benik Abramyan   GEO 31 Jul 85 B 15 PB
32 17.83     Ivan Emilianov   MDA 19 Feb 77 B 16  
33 17.38     Ivan Ivanov   KAZ 3 Jan 92 A 17  
34 17.07     Eldred Henry   IVB 18 Sep 94 B 17  

Qualifying round A

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

4 A Jacko Gill  New Zealand 20.19 19.80 20.80 20.80 Q
5 A Joe Kovacs  United States 19.59 20.73   20.73 Q
7 A Tomasz Majewski  Poland 19.87 20.56 20.15 20.56 q
8 A Stipe Žunić  Croatia 20.52 20.47 20.32 20.52 q
11 A Franck Elemba  Republic of the Congo 19.94 19.94 20.45 20.45 q
13 A Andrei Gag  Romania x x 20.40 20.40  
14 A Borja Vivas  Spain 19.62 20.25 20.21 20.25  
16 A Tim Nedow  Canada x 20.00 19.72 20.00  
19 A Germán Lauro  Argentina 19.89 19.56 19.61 19.89  
20 A Tomáš Staněk  Czech Republic 19.76 x 19.64 19.76  
22 A Tobias Dahm  Germany 19.62 19.59 19.34 19.62  
23 A Darrell Hill  United States 18.99 19.56 19.50 19.56  
26 A Hamza Alić  Bosnia and Herzegovina 19.48 x x 19.48  
27 A Nicholas Scarvelis  Greece 19.07 x 19.37 19.37  
28 A Stephen Mozia  Nigeria x x 18.98 18.98  
30 A Kemal Mešić  Bosnia and Herzegovina 18.84 x 18.78 18.78  
33 A Ivan Ivanov  Kazakhstan x 17.38 x 17.38  

Qualifying round B

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

1 B Ryan Crouser  United States 21.59     21.59 Q
2 B Tomas Walsh  New Zealand 21.03     21.03 Q
3 B Darlan Romani  Brazil 20.94     20.94 Q, NR
6 B Konrad Bukowiecki  Poland x 20.71   20.71 Q
9 B Damien Birkinhead  Australia 20.32 20.41 20.50 20.50 q
10 B David Storl  Germany 20.47 x 20.30 20.47 q
12 B O'Dayne Richards  Jamaica 19.38 20.40 x 20.40 q
15 B Asmir Kolašinac  Serbia 19.86 x 20.16 20.16  
17 B Carlos Tobalina  Spain 19.98 19.81 x 19.98  
18 B Michał Haratyk  Poland 19.36 x 19.97 19.97  
21 B Filip Mihaljević  Croatia 19.18 19.69 19.52 19.69  
24 B Mesud Pezer  Bosnia and Herzegovina 19.06 19.29 19.55 19.55  
25 B Georgi Ivanov  Bulgaria 19.08 19.49 x 19.49  
29 B Tsanko Arnaudov  Portugal x 18.88 x 18.88  
31 B Benik Abrahamyan  Georgia 18.08 18.72 18.35 18.72  
32 B Ivan Emilianov  Moldova x x 17.83 17.83  
34 B Eldred Henry  British Virgin Islands 17.07 x 17.07 17.07  


1st place, gold medalist(s) Ryan Crouser  United States 21.15 22.22 22.26 21.93 22.52 21.74 22.52 OR
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Joe Kovacs  United States 21.78 x 21.52 x x 21.35 21.78  
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Tomas Walsh  New Zealand 20.54 21.20 x 20.75 21.36 21.25 21.36  
4 Franck Elemba  Republic of the Congo 21.20 21.00 20.69 20.76 20.11 x 21.20 NR
5 Darlan Romani  Brazil 21.02 20.60 20.26 x 20.61 x 21.02 NR
6 Tomasz Majewski  Poland x x 20.72 x x 20.52 20.72  
7 David Storl  Germany x 20.48 20.64 x 20.46 20.60 20.64  
8 O'Dayne Richards  Jamaica x 20.64 20.34 x x x 20.64  
9 Jacko Gill  New Zealand 20.15 20.50 20.26 Did not advance 20.50  
10 Damien Birkinhead  Australia 20.45 x 20.02 Did not advance 20.45  
11 Stipe Žunić  Croatia 19.93 20.04 19.92 Did not advance 20.04  
Konrad Bukowiecki  Poland x x x Did not advance NM  


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