Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's shot put

The men's shot put event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 15 August at the Beijing Olympic Stadium.[1] Forty-four athletes from 34 nations competed.[2] The event was won by Tomasz Majewski of Poland, the nation's first victory (and first medal) in the men's shot put since 1972. Christian Cantwell of the United States took silver, the seventh consecutive Games in which an American finished first or second.

Men's shot put
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Tomasz Majewski (2009).jpg
Tomasz Majewski (2009)
VenueBeijing National Stadium
Date15 August 2008
Competitors44 from 34 nations
Winning distance21.51
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Tomasz Majewski
 Poland
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Christian Cantwell
 United States
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Dylan Armstrong
 Canada
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Andrei Mikhnevich of Belarus was initially awarded the bronze medal but he was later disqualified for doping and the medal was awarded to 4th-place finisher Dylan Armstrong of Canada.[3] It was Canada's first men's shot put medal.

BackgroundEdit

This was the 26th appearance of the event, which is one of 12 athletics events to have been held at every Summer Olympics. The top eight finishers from 2004 returned: Yuriy Bilonoh of Ukraine (whose 2004 gold medal would later be stripped), Adam Nelson of the United States, Joachim Olsen of Denmark, Manuel Martínez Gutiérrez of Spain, Andrei Mikhnevich and Yury Bialou of Belarus, Justin Anlezark of Australia, and Ralf Bartels of Germany, along with eleventh-place finisher Miran Vodovnik of Slovenia. Nelson had won the 2005 world championships and come in second to Reese Hoffa in 2007. Hoffa, Nelson, and Christian Cantwell were favored, with an American sweep thought to be a "real possibility."[2]

Chinese Taipei, Iran, Jamaica, Portugal, and Serbia each made their debut in the men's shot put. The United States made its 25th appearance, most of any nation, having missed only the boycotted 1980 Games.

QualificationEdit

The qualifying standards were 20.30 m (66.6 ft) (A standard) and 19.80 m (64.96 ft) (B standard).[4] Each National Olympic Committee (NOC) was able to enter up to three entrants providing they had met the A qualifying standard in the qualifying period (1 January 2007 to 23 July 2008). NOCs were also permitted to enter one athlete providing he had met the B standard in the same qualifying period.[5] The maximum number of athletes per nation had been set at 3 since the 1930 Olympic Congress.

Competition formatEdit

The competition used the two-round format introduced in 1936, with the qualifying round completely separate from the divided final. In qualifying, each athlete received three attempts; those recording a mark of at least 20.40 metres advanced to the final. If fewer than 12 athletes achieved that distance, the top 12 would advance. The results of the qualifying round were then ignored. Finalists received three throws each, with the top eight competitors receiving an additional three attempts. The best distance among those six throws counted.[2][6]

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Randy Barnes (USA) 23.12 Westwood, United States 20 May 1990
Olympic record   Ulf Timmermann (GDR) 22.47 Seoul, South Korea 23 September 1988

No new world or Olympic records were set for this event. The following national records were set during the competition:

Nation Athlete Round Distance
  Canada Dylan Armstrong Final 20.43

ScheduleEdit

All times are China standard time (UTC+8)

Date Time Round
Friday, 15 August 2008 09:00
21:00
Qualifying
Finals

ResultsEdit

Qualifying roundEdit

Qualification: 20.40 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the final.

Rank Group Athlete Nation 1 2 3 Distance Notes
1 A Tomasz Majewski   Poland 21.04 21.04 Q, PB
2 B Adam Nelson   United States 20.56 20.56 Q
3 B Andrei Mikhnevich   Belarus 20.38 20.48 20.48 Q, DPG
4 A Christian Cantwell   United States 20.11 20.48 20.48 Q
5 A Dylan Armstrong   Canada 20.43 20.43 Q
6 A Reese Hoffa   United States 20.41 20.41 Q
7 B Pavel Lyzhyn   Belarus 20.36 X X 20.36 q, DPG
8 A Pavel Sofin   Russia 20.29 X X 20.29 q
9 B Yuriy Bilonog   Ukraine 19.93 20.16 19.57 20.16 q
10 B Rutger Smith   Netherlands 20.13 X 19.97 20.13 q
11 A Yury Bialou   Belarus X 20.12 19.87 20.12 q
12 B Ivan Yushkov   Russia 20.02 19.83 20.00 20.02 q, DPG
13 B Peter Sack   Germany 19.76 X 20.01 20.01
14 A Andriy Semenov   Ukraine 18.95 19.59 20.01 20.01
15 B Dorian Scott   Jamaica 19.54 19.94 19.71 19.94
16 B Justin Anlezark   Australia 19.91 19.75 x 19.91
17 A Hamza Alic   Bosnia and Herzegovina 19.33 19.48 19.87 19.87
18 A Anton Lyuboslavskiy   Russia 19.14 X 19.87 19.87
19 B Manuel Martínez   Spain 19.62 19.45 19.81 19.81
20 B Miran Vodovnik   Slovenia 18.72 X 19.81 19.81
21 A Scott Martin   Australia 19.75 X X 19.75
22 A Joachim Olsen   Denmark 19.62 19.69 19.74 19.74 SB
23 B Yves Niare   France X X 19.73 19.73
24 A Carlos Véliz   Cuba 19.58 19.25 19.16 19.58
25 A Māris Urtāns   Latvia 18.78 19.57 19.34 19.57
26 B Taavi Peetre   Estonia X X 19.57 19.57
27 B Sultan Abdulmajeed Al-Hebshi   Saudi Arabia X 18.67 19.51 19.51
28 B Petr Stehlik   Czech Republic X 19.41 X 19.41
29 B Nedzad Mulabegovic   Croatia 19.11 19.35 18.88 19.35
30 A Milan Haborák   Slovakia X 19.32 X 19.32
31 B Reinaldo Proenza   Cuba 19.15 19.06 19.20 19.20
32 A Germán Lauro   Argentina 19.07 X 18.96 19.07
33 A Asmir Kolašinac   Serbia 18.32 X 19.01 19.01
34 A Lajos Kürthy   Hungary 18.38 X 18.74 18.74
35 B Ivan Emilianov   Moldova 18.64 18.27 X 18.64
36 A Mihail Stamatoyiannis   Greece X 18.45 18.30 18.45
37 B Yasser Farag   Egypt 18.37 X 18.42 18.42
38 B Marco Fortes   Portugal X X 18.05 18.05
39 A Marco Antonio Verni   Chile X 17.96 X 17.96
40 B Chang Ming-Huang   Chinese Taipei 16.13 16.98 17.43 17.43
A Robert Häggblom   Finland X X X No mark
A Georgi Ivanov   Bulgaria X X X No mark
B Alexis Paumier   Cuba X X X No mark
B Amin Nikfar   Iran X X X No mark
A Ralf Bartels   Germany DNS

FinalEdit

Rank Athlete Nation 1 2 3 4 5 6 Distance Notes
  Tomasz Majewski   Poland 20.80 20.47 21.21 21.51 X 20.44 21.51 PB
  Christian Cantwell   United States 20.39 20.98 20.88 20.86 20.69 21.09 21.09
  Dylan Armstrong   Canada 20.62 21.04 X X 20.47 X 21.04 NR
4 Yuriy Bilonog   Ukraine 20.63 X 20.53 20.46 20.31 X 20.63 SB
5 Reese Hoffa   United States X 19.81 20.53 20.38 X X 20.53
6 Pavel Sofin   Russia 20.42 X X X X X 20.42
7 Rutger Smith   Netherlands 20.41 X 20.30 Did not advance 20.41
8 Yury Bialou   Belarus 20.06 X X Did not advance 20.06
Adam Nelson   United States X X X Did not advance No mark
Andrei Mikhnevich   Belarus 20.73 21.05 X 20.78 20.57 20.93 21.05 DPG
Ivan Yushkov   Russia 19.67 19.55 X Did not advance 19.67 DPG
Pavel Lyzhyn   Belarus 20.33 20.15 20.98 20.98 20.40 X 20.98 DPG[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olympic Athletics Competition Schedule". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  2. ^ a b c "Shot Put, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  3. ^ https://www.thestar.com/sports/amateur/2014/08/20/canadas_dylan_armstrong_finally_gets_2008_beijing_olympics_bronze_medal_after_doping_dq.html
  4. ^ "Entry Standards - The XXIX Olympic Games - Beijing, China - 8/24 August 2008". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  5. ^ "Entry Standards - The XXIX Olympic Games - Beijing, China - 8/24 August 2008". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  6. ^ Official Report, Results Book for Athletics.
  7. ^ "IOC sanctions seven athletes for failing anti-doping tests at Beijing 2008 and London2012". International Olympic Committee. 25 Nov 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-08.