Shot Put in History

Events in Sport

  • 1896-04-07 American athlete Robert Garrett wins the throwing double at the Athens Olympics by taking out the shot putt (11.22m); wins the discus the previous day
  • 1948-08-03 An American sweep of the medals in the men's shot put at the London Olympics with Wilbur Thompson taking gold ahead of team mates Jim Delaney & Jim Fuchs
  • 1948-08-04 The women's shot put introduced to track & field program at the London Olympics; inaugural gold medallist Micheline Ostermeyer of France who also won the women's discus gold
  • 1954-05-08 1st shot-put over 60' (18.29 m)-Parry O'Brien, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1960-08-31 US sweeps the medals in the shot put at the Rome Olympics; Bill Nieder wins gold with 19.68m ahead of countrymen Parry O'Brien and Dallas Long
  • 1960-09-02 Tamara & Irina Press (Soviet Union) become first sisters to win Olympic gold medals; Tamara wins Rome Olympics shot put one day after Irina takes out 80m hurdles
  • 1964-10-19 Tamara Press of the Soviet Union wins the women's discus with an Olympic record throw 57.27m in Tokyo; first of 2 gold medals at the Games (shot put)
  • 1964-10-20 Tamara Press of the Soviet Union wins her second gold medal in 2 days by taking out the women's shot put at the Tokyo Olympics; Press' second consecutive Olympic shot put title
  • 1968-10-20 Margitta Gummel of East Germany throws world record 19.61m to beat team mate Marita Lange by 0.83m and win the women's shot put gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics
  • 1972-09-07 Nadezhda Chizhova of the Soviet Union throws a world record 21.03m to win the women's shot put at the Munich Olympics
  • 1975-05-09 Brian Oldfield shot puts 22.86 m (world record)
  • 1983-06-25 Udo Beyer of East Germany sets record for shot put, 22.22 m
  • 2004-08-18 Shot put event at the Athens Olympics held in Ancient Olympia, site of the ancient Olympic Games; first time women ever compete in venue; Yumileidi Cumbá of Cuba wins women's gold; American Adam Nelson men's gold
  • 2012-08-13 Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus is stripped of her shot-put gold medal after failing a drugs test

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1901-09-25 Bud Houser, American field athlete (Olympic gold discus & shot put 1924, discus 1928), born in Winigan, Missouri (d. 1994)
  • 1901-12-03 Glenn Hartranft, American athlete (discus WR 47.89m 1925; Olympic silver shot putt 1924), born in Aberdeen, South Dakota (d. 1970)
  • 1922-12-23 Micheline Ostermeyer, French shot-put/discus thrower (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1932-01-28 Parry O'Brien, American shot putter (Olympic golds 1952, 1956, silver 1960), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1933-08-10 Bill Nieder, shot putter, (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1935-06-11 Earlene Dennis Brown, American shot putter (Olympic bronze 1960), born in Latexo, Texas
  • 1937-05-10 Tamara Press, USSR, shot putter/discus thrower (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1941-06-29 Margitta Gummel, German shot putter (Olympic gold 1968), born in Magdeburg, Germany
  • 1941-11-19 Ivanka Khristova, Bulgaria, shot putter (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1945-03-05 Randy Matson, American field athlete (Olympic gold shot putt 1968), born in Pampa, Texas
  • 1945-06-01 Brian Oldfield, American shot-putter (credited with making rotational technique popular), born in Elgin, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1945-09-29 Nadezhda Chizova, USSR, shot putter (Olympic gold/silv/bronze-68/72/76)
  • 1949-07-13 Helena Fibingerova, Czech, shot putter (Olympic bronze 1976)
  • 1949-08-23 Geoff Capes, British shot putter, born in Holbeach, England
  • 1951-06-11 Maren Seidler, American shot putter (Olympic 11th 1968), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1956-09-24 Ilona Briesenick-Slupianek, German DR, shot-putter (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1960-10-29 Michael Carter, shot putter (Olympic silver 1984), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1961-11-10 Ramona Pagel, American shot putter, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962-01-27 James F Doehring, shot putter (Olympic silver 1992), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1965-04-30 Daniela Costian, Australian discus/shot putter (Olympics 1996)
  • 1966-06-16 Randy Barnes, American field athlete (Olympic gold shot put 1996; WR 23.12m), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • 1967-12-29 Kevin Toth, American shot put athlete, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1969-06-13 Svetlana Krivelyova, Russian shot put athlete (Olympic gold 1992), born in Bryansk, Russia
  • 1971-12-14 Lisa-Marie Vizaniari, Australian discus and shot putter (Olympics 1996), born in Lake Cargelligo, New South Wales
  • 1972-05-31 John Godina, American shot putter (World C'ship gold 1995, 97, 01; Olympic silver 1996), born in Fort Still, Oklahoma
  • 1976-01-08 Brad Snyder, Canadian shot putter (Olympics 1996), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • 1979-02-02 Irini Terzoglou, Greek shot putter

Deaths in Sport

  • 1970-08-12 Glenn Hartranft, American athlete (discus WR 47.89m 1925; Olympic silver shot putt 1924), dies at 68
  • 1994-10-01 Bud Houser, American field athlete (Olympic gold discus & shot put 1924, discus 1928), dies at 93
  • 2007-04-21 Parry O'Brien, American shot putter (Olympic golds 1952, 1956, silver 1960), dies at 75
  • 2017-03-26 Brian Oldfield, American shot-putter (credited with making rotational technique popular), dies at 71