Athletics
Shot put
Tomasz Majewski - 2. Memoriał Kamili Skolimowskiej - Warszawa, 2011-09-20.jpg
Polish double Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski
World records
MenUnited States Ryan Crouser 23.37 m (76 ft 8 in) (2021)
WomenSoviet Union Natalya Lisovskaya 22.63 m (74 ft 2+34 in) (1987)
Olympic records
MenUnited States Ryan Crouser 23.30 m (76 ft 5+14 in) (2021)
WomenEast Germany Ilona Slupianek 22.41 m (73 ft 6+14 in) (1980)
World Championship records
MenUnited States Ryan Crouser 22.94 m (75 ft 3 in) (2022)
WomenSoviet Union Natalya Lisovskaya 21.24 m (69 ft 8 in) (1987)
New Zealand Valerie Adams 21.24 m (69 ft 8 in) (2011)

The shot put is a track and field event involving "putting" (pushing rather than throwing)[1] a heavy spherical ball—the shot—as far as possible. The shot put competition for men has been a part of the modern Olympics since their revival in 1896, and women's competition began in 1948.

Demonstration of the spin technique in shot put

History

Czechoslovak shot putter Plíhal at the 1957 East German Indoor Athletics Championships
Czechoslovak shot putter Plíhal at the 1957 East German Indoor Athletics Championships
Shot putter at the University of Nebraska, 1942, showing the circle and stop board
Shot putter at the University of Nebraska, 1942, showing the circle and stop board

Homer mentions competitions of rock throwing by soldiers during the Siege of Troy but there is no record of any dead weights being thrown in Greek competitions. The first evidence for stone- or weight-throwing events were in the Scottish Highlands, and date back to approximately the first century.[2] In the 16th century King Henry VIII was noted for his prowess in court competitions of weight and hammer throwing.[3]

The first events resembling the modern shot put likely occurred in the Middle Ages when soldiers held competitions in which they hurled cannonballs. Shot put competitions were first recorded in early 19th century Scotland, and were a part of the British Amateur Championships beginning in 1866.[4]

Competitors take their throw from inside a marked circle 7 ft (2.134 m) in diameter, with a “toe board” or "stop board" about 10 centimetres (4 in) high at the front of the circle. The distance thrown is measured from the inside of the circumference of the circle to the nearest mark made on the ground by the falling shot, with distances rounded down to the nearest centimetre under IAAF and WMA rules.

Legal throws

Czechoslovak shot putter Jiří Skobla showing the correct technique for keeping the shot near the neck
Czechoslovak shot putter Jiří Skobla showing the correct technique for keeping the shot near the neck

The following rules (indoor and outdoor) must be adhered to for a legal throw:

Foul throws occur when an athlete:

At any time if the shot loses contact with the neck then it is technically an illegal put.

Regulation misconceptions

The following are either obsolete or non-existent, but commonly believed rules within professional competition:

Competition

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Shot put area
Shot put area

Shot put competitions have been held at the modern Summer Olympic Games since their inception in 1896, and it is also included as an event in the World Athletics Championships.

Each of these competitions in the modern era have a set number of rounds of throws. Typically there are three qualification rounds to determine qualification for the final. There are then three preliminary rounds in the final with the top eight competitors receiving a further three throws. Each competitor in the final is credited with their longest throw, regardless of whether it was achieved in the preliminary or final three rounds. The competitor with the longest legal put is declared the winner.

Weight

In open competitions the men's shot weighs 16 pounds (7.26 kg), and the women's shot weighs 4 kilograms (8.82 lb). Junior, school, and masters competitions often use different weights of shots, typically below the weights of those used in open competitions; the individual rules for each competition should be consulted in order to determine the correct weights to be used.

Putting styles

Two putting styles are in current general use by shot put competitors: the glide and the spin. With all putting styles, the goal is to release the shot with maximum forward velocity at an angle of approximately forty-five degrees.

Glide

The origin of this technique dates to 1951, when Parry O'Brien from the United States invented a technique that involved the putter facing backwards, rotating 180 degrees across the circle, and then tossing the shot. Unlike spin this technique is a linear movement.[6]

With this technique, a right-hand thrower would begin facing the rear of the circle. They would typically adopt a specific type of crouch, involving their bent right leg, in order to begin the throw from a more beneficial posture whilst also isometrically preloading their muscles. The positioning of their bodyweight over their bent leg, which pushes upwards with equal force, generates a preparatory isometric press. The force generated by this press will be channelled into the subsequent throw making it more powerful. To initiate the throw they kick to the front with the left leg, while pushing off forcefully with the right. As the thrower crosses the circle, the hips twist toward the front, the left arm is swung out then pulled back tight, followed by the shoulders, and they then strike in a putting motion with their right arm. The key is to move quickly across the circle with as little air under the feet as possible, hence the name 'glide'.

Spin

This is also known as the rotational technique.[7] It was first practiced in Europe in the 1950s but did not receive much attention until the 1970s.[8] In 1972 Aleksandr Baryshnikov set his first USSR record using a new putting style, the spin ("круговой мах" in Russian), invented by his coach Viktor Alexeyev.[9][10] The spin involves rotating like a discus thrower and using rotational momentum for power. In 1976 Baryshnikov went on to set a world record of 22.00 m (72.18 ft) with his spin style, and was the first shot putter to cross the 22-meter mark.[11]

With this technique, a right-hand thrower faces the rear, and begins to spin on the ball of the left foot. The thrower comes around and faces the front of the circle and drives the right foot into the center of the circle. Finally, the thrower reaches for the front of the circle with the left foot, twisting the hips and shoulders like in the glide, and puts the shot.

When the athlete executes the spin, the upper body is twisted hard to the right, so the imaginary lines created by the shoulders and hips are no longer parallel. This action builds up torque, and stretches the muscles, creating an involuntary elasticity in the muscles, providing extra power and momentum. When the athlete prepares to release, the left foot is firmly planted, causing the momentum and energy generated to be conserved, pushing the shot in an upward and outward direction.

Another purpose of the spin is to build up a high rotational speed, by swinging the right leg initially, then to bring all the limbs in tightly, similar to a figure skater bringing in their arms while spinning to increase their speed. Once this fast speed is achieved the shot is released, transferring the energy into the shot put.

Until 2016, a woman had never made an Olympic final (top 8) using the spin technique. The first woman to enter a final and win a medal at the Olympics was Anita Márton.[12][8]

Usage

Currently, most top male shot putters use the spin. However the glide remains popular since the technique leads to greater consistency compared to the rotational technique. Almost all throwers start by using the glide. Tomasz Majewski notes that although most athletes use the spin,[13] he and some other top shot putters achieved success using this classic method (for example he became first to defend the Olympic title in 56 years).

The world record and the second-best all-time male results were completed with the spin technique, while the third-best all-time put of 23.06 m (75 ft 7+34 in) by Ulf Timmermann was completed with the glide technique.

The decision to glide or spin may need to be decided on an individual basis, determined by the thrower's size and power. Short throwers may benefit from the spin and taller throwers may benefit from the glide, but many throwers do not follow this guideline.

Types of shots

The shot is made of different kinds of materials depending on its intended use. Materials used include sand, iron, cast iron, solid steel, stainless steel, brass, and synthetic materials like polyvinyl. Some metals are more dense than others, making the size of the shot vary. For example, different materials are used to make indoor and outdoor shot – because damage to surroundings must be taken into account – so the latter are smaller. There are various size and weight standards for the implement that depend on the age and gender of the competitors as well as the national customs of the governing body.

World records

Main articles: Men's shot put world record progression and Women's shot put world record progression

The current world record holders are:[14]

Type Athlete Mark Date Place
Men
Outdoor Ryan Crouser 23.37 m (76 ft 8 in) 18 June 2021 Eugene, Oregon, USA
Indoor Ryan Crouser 22.82 m (74 ft 10+14 in) 24 January 2021 Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
Women
Outdoor Natalya Lisovskaya 22.63 m (74 ft 2+34 in) 7 June 1987 Moscow, USSR
Indoor Helena Fibingerová 22.50 m (73 ft 9+34 in) 19 February 1977 Jablonec, CZE

Continental records

The current records held on each continent are:[15][16]

Area Men's Women's
Mark Athlete Nation Mark Athlete Nation
Africa 21.97 m (72 ft 34 in) Janus Robberts  South Africa 18.43 m (60 ft 5+12 in) Vivian Chukwuemeka  Nigeria
Asia 21.49 m (70 ft 6 in) Tajinderpal Singh Toor  India 21.76 m (71 ft 4+12 in) Meisu Li  China
Europe 23.06 m (75 ft 7+34 in) Ulf Timmermann  East Germany 22.63 m (74 ft 2+34 in) WR Natalya Lisovskaya  Soviet Union
North and Central
America, and Caribbean
23.37 m (76 ft 8 in) WR Ryan Crouser  United States 20.96 m (68 ft 9 in) A Belsy Laza  Cuba
Oceania 22.90 m (75 ft 1+12 in) Tomas Walsh  New Zealand 21.24 m (69 ft 8 in) Valerie Adams  New Zealand
South America 22.61 m (74 ft 2 in) Darlan Romani  Brazil 19.30 m (63 ft 3+34 in) A Elisângela Adriano  Brazil

All-time top 25

Men (outdoor)

Ath.# Perf.# Mark Technique Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
1 1 23.37 m (76 ft 8 in) spin Ryan Crouser  United States 18 JUN 2021 Eugene [19]
2 23.30 m (76 ft 5+14 in) Crouser #2 05 AUG 2021 Tokyo
2 3 23.23 m (76 ft 2+12 in) spin Joe Kovacs  United States 07 SEP 2022 Zürich [20]
4 23.15 m (75 ft 11+14 in) Crouser #3 21 AUG 2021 Eugene
3 5 23.12 m (75 ft 10 in) spin Randy Barnes  United States 20 MAY 1990 Westwood
5 23.12 m (75 ft 10 in) Crouser #4 24 JUN 2022 Eugene [21]
7 23.10 m (75 ft 9+14 in) Barnes #2 26 MAY 1990 San Jose
4 8 23.06 m (75 ft 7+34 in) glide Ulf Timmermann  East Germany 22 MAY 1988 Chania
9 23.02 m (75 ft 6+14 in) Crouser #5 28 MAY 2022 Eugene [22]
10 23.01 m (75 ft 5+34 in) Crouser #6 22 MAY 2021 Tucson
11 22.94 m (75 ft 3 in) Crouser #7 17 JUL 2022 Eugene [23]
12 22.92 m (75 ft 2+14 in) Crouser #8 18 JUN 2021 Eugene
5 13 22.91 m (75 ft 1+34 in) glide Alessandro Andrei  Italy 12 AUG 1987 Viareggio
13 22.91 m (75 ft 1+34 in) Kovacs #2 05 OCT 2019 Doha [24]
Crouser #9 18 JUL 2020 Marietta
16 22.90 m (75 ft 1+12 in) Crouser #10 05 OCT 2019 Doha
6 16 22.90 m (75 ft 1+12 in) spin Tom Walsh  New Zealand 05 OCT 2019 Doha [24]
18 22.89 m (75 ft 1 in) Kovacs #3 17 JUL 2022 Eugene [25]
Kovacs #4 08 AUG 2022 Székesfehérvár [26]
20 22.87 m (75 ft 14 in) Kovacs #5 24 JUN 2022 Eugene [27]
7 21 22.86 m (75 ft 0 in) A spin Brian Oldfield  United States 10 MAY 1975 El Paso
22 22.84 m (74 ft 11 in) Andrei #2 12 AUG 1987 Viareggio
Crouser #11 13 SEP 2021 Zagreb
24 22.81 m (74 ft 10 in) Crouser #12 26 AUG 2021 Lausanne
8 25 22.75 m (74 ft 7+12 in) gilde Werner Günthör   Switzerland 23 AUG 1988 Bern
25 22.75 m (74 ft 7+12 in) Crouser #13 12 MAY 2022 Ponce [28]
9 22.67 m (74 ft 4+12 in) spin Kevin Toth  United States 19 April 2003 Lawrence
10 22.64 m (74 ft 3+14 in) gilde Udo Beyer  East Germany 20 AUG 1986 Berlin
11 22.61 m (74 ft 2 in) spin Darlan Romani  Brazil 30 JUN 2019 Stanford [29]
12 22.54 m (73 ft 11+14 in) spin Christian Cantwell  United States 05 JUN 2004 Gresham
13 22.52 m (73 ft 10+12 in) glide John Brenner  United States 26 APR 1987 Walnut
14 22.51 m (73 ft 10 in) spin Adam Nelson  United States 18 MAY 2002 Portland
15 22.44 m (73 ft 7+14 in) spin Darrell Hill  United States 31 AUG 2017 Brussels [30]
16 22.43 m (73 ft 7 in) spin Reese Hoffa  United States 03 AUG 2007 London
17 22.32 m (73 ft 2+12 in) spin Michał Haratyk  Poland 28 JUL 2019 Warsaw [31]
18 22.29 m (73 ft 1+12 in) spin Josh Awotunde  United States 17 JUL 2022 Eugene [32]
19 22.28 m (73 ft 1 in) spin Ryan Whiting  United States 10 MAY 2013 Doha
20 22.25 m (72 ft 11+34 in) spin Konrad Bukowiecki  Poland 14 SEP 2019 Chorzów [33]
21 22.24 m (72 ft 11+12 in) glide Sergey Smirnov  Soviet Union 21 JUN 1986 Tallinn
22 22.22 m (72 ft 10+34 in) spin Bob Bertemes  Luxembourg 04 AUG 2019 Luxembourg City [34]
23 22.21 m (72 ft 10+14 in) A spin Dylan Armstrong  Canada 25 JUN 2011 Calgary
24 22.20 m (72 ft 10 in) spin John Godina  United States 22 MAY 2005 Carson
glide David Storl  Germany 09 JUL 2015 Lausanne [35]

Notable series

Women (outdoor)

Ath.# Perf.# Mark Technique Athlete Nation Date Place Ref
1 1 22.63 m (74 ft 2+34 in) glide Natalya Lisovskaya  Soviet Union 07 JUN 1987 Moscow
2 22.60 m (74 ft 1+34 in) Lisovskaya #2 07 JUN 1987 Moscow
3 22.55 m (73 ft 11+34 in) Lisovskaya #3 05 JUL 1988 Tallinn
4 22.53 m (73 ft 11 in) Lisovskaya #4 27 MAY 1984 Sochi
Lisovskaya #5 14 AUG 1988 Kyiv
2 6 22.45 m (73 ft 7+34 in) glide Ilona Slupianek  East Germany 11 MAY 1980 Potsdam
7 22.41 m (73 ft 6+14 in) Slupianek #2 24 JUL 1980 Moscow
8 22.40 m (73 ft 5+34 in) Slupianek #3 03 JUN 1983 Berlin
9 22.38 m (73 ft 5 in) Slupianek #4 25 MAY 1980 Karl-Marx-Stadt
10 22.36 m (73 ft 4+14 in) Slupianek #5 02 MAY 1980 Celje
11 22.34 m (73 ft 3+12 in) Slupianek #6 07 MAY 1980 Berlin
Slupianek #7 18 JUL 1980 Cottbus
3 13 22.32 m (73 ft 2+12 in) glide Helena Fibingerová  Czechoslovakia 20 AUG 1977 Nitra
14 22.24 m (72 ft 11+12 in) Lisovskaya #6 01 OCT 1988 Seoul
15 22.22 m (72 ft 10+34 in) Slupianek #8 13 JUL 1980 Potsdam
4 16 22.19 m (72 ft 9+12 in) glide Claudia Losch  West Germany 23 AUG 1987 Hainfeld
17 22.13 m (72 ft 7+14 in) Slupianek #9 29 APR 1980 Split
18 22.06 m (72 ft 4+12 in) Lisovskaya #7 06 AUG 1988 Moscow
19 22.05 m (72 ft 4 in) Slupianek #10 28 MAY 1980 Berlin
Slupianek #11 31 MAY 1980 Potsdam
21 22.04 m (72 ft 3+12 in) Slupianek #12 04 JUL 1979 Potsdam
Slupianek #13 29 JUL 1979 Potsdam
23 21.99 m (72 ft 1+12 in) Fibingerová #2 26 SEP 1976 Opava
24 21.98 m (72 ft 1+14 in) Slupianek #14 17 JUL 1979 Berlin
25 21.96 m (72 ft 12 in) Fibingerová #3 08 JUN 1977 Ostrava
Lisovskaya #8 16 AUG 1984 Prague
Lisovskaya #9 28 AUG 1988 Vilnius
5 21.89 m (71 ft 9+34 in) glide Ivanka Khristova  Bulgaria 04 JUL 1976 Belmeken
6 21.86 m (71 ft 8+12 in) glide Marianne Adam  East Germany 23 JUN 1979 Leipzig
7 21.76 m (71 ft 4+12 in) glide Li Meisu  China 23 APR 1988 Shijiazhuang
8 21.73 m (71 ft 3+12 in) glide Natalya Akhrimenko  Soviet Union 21 MAY 1988 Leselidze
9 21.69 m (71 ft 1+34 in) glide Vita Pavlysh  Ukraine 20 AUG 1998 Budapest
10 21.66 m (71 ft 34 in) glide Sui Xinmei  China 09 JUN 1990 Beijing
11 21.61 m (70 ft 10+34 in) glide Verzhinia Veselinova  Bulgaria 21 AUG 1982 Sofia
12 21.58 m (70 ft 9+12 in) glide Margitta Droese-Pufe  East Germany 28 MAY 1978 Erfurt
13 21.57 m (70 ft 9 in) glide Ines Müller  East Germany 16 MAY 1988 Athens
14 21.53 m (70 ft 7+12 in) glide Nunu Abashidze  Soviet Union 20 JUN 1984 Kyiv
15 21.52 m (70 ft 7 in) glide Huang Zhihong  China 27 JUN 1990 Beijing
16 21.46 m (70 ft 4+34 in) glide Larisa Peleshenko  Russia 26 AUG 2000 Budapest
17 21.45 m (70 ft 4+14 in) glide Nadezhda Chizhova  Soviet Union 29 SEP 1973 Varna
18 21.43 m (70 ft 3+12 in) glide Eva Wilms  West Germany 17 JUN 1977 Munich
19 21.42 m (70 ft 3+14 in) glide Svetlana Krachevskaya  Soviet Union 24 JUL 1980 Moscow
20 21.31 m (69 ft 10+34 in) glide Heike Hartwig  East Germany 16 MAY 1988 Athens
21 21.27 m (69 ft 9+14 in) glide Liane Schmuhl  East Germany 26 JUN 1982 Cottbus
22 21.24 m (69 ft 8 in) glide Valerie Adams  New Zealand 29 AUG 2011 Daegu
23 21.22 m (69 ft 7+14 in) glide Astrid Kumbernuss  Germany 05 AUG 1995 Gothenburg
24 21.21 m (69 ft 7 in) glide Kathrin Neimke  East Germany 05 SEP 1987 Rome
25 21.19 m (69 ft 6+14 in) glide Helma Knorscheidt  East Germany 24 MAY 1984 Berlin

Men (indoor)

Rank Mark Athlete Date Place Ref
1 22.82 m (74 ft 10+14 in)  Ryan Crouser (USA) 24 January 2021 Fayetteville
2 22.66 m (74 ft 4 in)  Randy Barnes (USA) 20 January 1989 Los Angeles
3 22.55 m (73 ft 11+34 in)  Ulf Timmermann (GDR) 11 February 1989 Senftenberg
4 22.53 m (73 ft 11 in)  Darlan Romani (BRA) 19 March 2022 Belgrade
5 22.40 m (73 ft 5+34 in)  Adam Nelson (USA) 15 February 2008 Fayetteville
6 22.31 m (73 ft 2+14 in)  Tom Walsh (NZL) 3 March 2018 Birmingham
7 22.26 m (73 ft 14 in)  Werner Günthör (SUI) 8 February 1987 Magglingen
8 22.23 m (72 ft 11 in) A  Ryan Whiting (USA) 23 February 2014 Albuquerque
9 22.18 m (72 ft 9 in)  Christian Cantwell (USA) 22 February 2008 Warrensburg
10 22.17 m (72 ft 8+34 in)  Tomáš Staněk (CZE) 6 February 2018 Düsseldorf [40]
11 22.11 m (72 ft 6+14 in)  Reese Hoffa (USA) 10 March 2006 Moscow
12 22.09 m (72 ft 5+12 in)  Mika Halvari (FIN) 7 February 2000 Tampere
13 22.05 m (72 ft 4 in)  Joe Kovacs (USA) 13 February 2021 Geneva
14 22.02 m (72 ft 2+34 in)  George Woods (USA) 8 February 1974 Inglewood
15 22.00 m (72 ft 2 in)  Konrad Bukowiecki (POL) 15 February 2018 Toruń
16 21.88 m (71 ft 9+14 in)  David Storl (GER) 9 March 2012 Istanbul
17 21.85 m (71 ft 8 in)  Turner Washington (USA) 13 February 2021 Lubbock
18 21.84 m (71 ft 7+34 in)  Filip Mihaljević (CRO) 27 February 2020 Belgrade
19 21.83 m (71 ft 7+14 in)  Oleksandr Bahach (UKR) 21 February 1991 Brovary
 John Godina (USA) 26 February 2005 Boston
 Michał Haratyk (POL) 12 February 2021 Łódź
22 21.81 m (71 ft 6+12 in)  Payton Otterdahl (USA) 23 February 2019 Brookings
23 21.79 m (71 ft 5+34 in)  Remigius Machura (TCH) 13 February 1985 Prague
24 21.77 m (71 ft 5 in)  Mike Stulce (USA) 13 February 1993 Birmingham
25 21.74 m (71 ft 3+34 in)  Adrian Piperi (USA) 6 February 2021 College Station
 Josh Awotunde (USA) 27 February 2022 Spokane

Women (indoor)

Rank Mark Athlete Date Place Ref
1 22.50 m (73 ft 9+34 in)  Helena Fibingerová (TCH) 19 February 1977 Jablonec
2 22.14 m (72 ft 7+12 in)  Natalya Lisovskaya (URS) 7 February 1987 Penza
3 21.60 m (70 ft 10+14 in)  Valentina Fedyushina (UKR) 28 December 1991 Simferopol
4 21.59 m (70 ft 10 in)  Ilona Slupianek (GDR) 24 January 1979 Berlin
5 21.46 m (70 ft 4+34 in)  Claudia Losch (FRG) 4 February 1986 Zweibrücken
6 21.26 m (69 ft 9 in)  Ines Müller (GDR) 24 February 1985 Berlin
 Natalya Akhrimenko (URS) 24 January 1987 Leningrad
8 21.23 m (69 ft 7+34 in)  Margitta Droese-Pufe (GDR) 26 February 1978 Senftenberg
9 21.15 m (69 ft 4+12 in)  Irina Korzhanenko (RUS) 18 February 1999 Moscow
10 21.10 m (69 ft 2+12 in)  Sui Xinmei (CHN) 3 March 1990 Beijing
11 21.08 m (69 ft 1+34 in)  Li Meisu (CHN) 25 March 1988 Beijing
12 21.06 m (69 ft 1 in)  Eva Wilms (FRG) 19 February 1977 Dortmund
 Nunu Abashidze (URS) 8 February 1984 Budapest
14 21.03 m (68 ft 11+34 in)  Helma Knorscheidt (GDR) 4 August 1983 Berlin
15 20.98 m (68 ft 9+34 in)  Valerie Adams (NZL) 28 August 2013 Zürich
16 20.94 m (68 ft 8+14 in)  Kathrin Neimke (GDR) 3 February 1988 Senftenberg
17 20.85 m (68 ft 4+34 in)  Heidi Krieger (GDR) 25 January 1987 Berlin
18 20.78 m (68 ft 2 in)  Ivanka Khristova (BUL) 14 February 1976 Sofia
19 20.75 m (68 ft 34 in)  Heike Hartwig (GDR) 7 February 1987 Senftenberg
20 20.74 m (68 ft 12 in)  Verzhiniya Veselinova (BUL) 21 February 1982 Sofia
21 20.73 m (68 ft 0 in)  Vita Pavlysh (UKR) 22 February 2004 Sumy
22 20.71 m (67 ft 11+14 in)  Larisa Peleshenko (URS) 11 February 1988 Volgograd
23 20.70 m (67 ft 10+34 in)  Liane Schmuhl (GDR) 27 February 1982 Senftenberg
24 20.69 m (67 ft 10+12 in)  Svetlana Krivelyova (RUS) 22 January 1999 Moscow
25 20.62 m (67 ft 7+34 in)  Nadezhda Chizhova (URS) 9 March 1974 Gothenburg

Olympic medalists

Men

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1896 Athens
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Robert Garrett
 United States
Miltiadis Gouskos
 Greece
Georgios Papasideris
 Greece
1900 Paris
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Richard Sheldon
 United States
Josiah McCracken
 United States
Robert Garrett
 United States
1904 St. Louis
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Ralph Rose
 United States
Wesley Coe
 United States
Lawrence Feuerbach
 United States
1908 London
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Ralph Rose
 United States
Denis Horgan
 Great Britain
John Garrels
 United States
1912 Stockholm
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Pat McDonald
 United States
Ralph Rose
 United States
Lawrence Whitney
 United States
1920 Antwerp
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Ville Pörhölä
 Finland
Elmer Niklander
 Finland
Harry Liversedge
 United States
1924 Paris
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Bud Houser
 United States
Glenn Hartranft
 United States
Ralph Hills
 United States
1928 Amsterdam
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John Kuck
 United States
Herman Brix
 United States
Emil Hirschfeld
 Germany
1932 Los Angeles
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Leo Sexton
 United States
Harlow Rothert
 United States
František Douda
 Czechoslovakia
1936 Berlin
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Hans Woellke
 Germany
Sulo Bärlund
 Finland
Gerhard Stöck
 Germany
1948 London
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Wilbur Thompson
 United States
Jim Delaney
 United States
Jim Fuchs
 United States
1952 Helsinki
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Parry O'Brien
 United States
Darrow Hooper
 United States
Jim Fuchs
 United States
1956 Melbourne
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Parry O'Brien
 United States
Bill Nieder
 United States
Jiří Skobla
 Czechoslovakia
1960 Rome
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Bill Nieder
 United States
Parry O'Brien
 United States
Dallas Long
 United States
1964 Tokyo
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Dallas Long
 United States
Randy Matson
 United States
Vilmos Varjú
 Hungary
1968 Mexico City
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Randy Matson
 United States
George Woods
 United States
Eduard Gushchin
 Soviet Union
1972 Munich
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Władysław Komar
 Poland
George Woods
 United States
Hartmut Briesenick
 East Germany
1976 Montreal
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Udo Beyer
 East Germany
Yevgeniy Mironov
 Soviet Union
Aleksandr Baryshnikov
 Soviet Union
1980 Moscow
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Vladimir Kiselyov
 Soviet Union
Aleksandr Baryshnikov
 Soviet Union
Udo Beyer
 East Germany
1984 Los Angeles
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Alessandro Andrei
 Italy
Mike Carter
 United States
Dave Laut
 United States
1988 Seoul
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Ulf Timmermann
 East Germany
Randy Barnes
 United States
Werner Günthör
 Switzerland
1992 Barcelona
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Mike Stulce
 United States
Jim Doehring
 United States
Vyacheslav Lykho
 Unified Team
1996 Atlanta
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Randy Barnes
 United States
John Godina
 United States
Oleksandr Bagach
 Ukraine
2000 Sydney
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Arsi Harju
 Finland
Adam Nelson
 United States
John Godina
 United States
2004 Athens
details
Adam Nelson
 United States
Joachim Olsen
 Denmark
Manuel Martínez
 Spain
2008 Beijing
details
Tomasz Majewski
 Poland
Christian Cantwell
 United States
Dylan Armstrong
 Canada
2012 London
details
Tomasz Majewski
 Poland
David Storl
 Germany
Reese Hoffa
 United States
2016 Rio de Janeiro
details
Ryan Crouser
 United States
Joe Kovacs
 United States
Tom Walsh
 New Zealand
2020 Tokyo
details
Ryan Crouser
 United States
Joe Kovacs
 United States
Tom Walsh
 New Zealand

Women

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1948 London
details
Micheline Ostermeyer
 France
Amelia Piccinini
 Italy
Ina Schäffer
 Austria
1952 Helsinki
details
Galina Zybina
 Soviet Union
Marianne Werner
 Germany
Klavdiya Tochenova
 Soviet Union
1956 Melbourne
details
Tamara Tyshkevich
 Soviet Union
Galina Zybina
 Soviet Union
Marianne Werner
 United Team of Germany
1960 Rome
details
Tamara Press
 Soviet Union
Johanna Lüttge
 United Team of Germany
Earlene Brown
 United States
1964 Tokyo
details
Tamara Press
 Soviet Union
Renate Culmberger
 United Team of Germany
Galina Zybina
 Soviet Union
1968 Mexico City
details
Margitta Gummel
 East Germany
Marita Lange
 East Germany
Nadezhda Chizhova
 Soviet Union
1972 Munich
details
Nadezhda Chizhova
 Soviet Union
Margitta Gummel
 East Germany
Ivanka Khristova
 Bulgaria
1976 Montreal
details
Ivanka Khristova
 Bulgaria
Nadezhda Chizhova
 Soviet Union
Helena Fibingerová
 Czechoslovakia
1980 Moscow
details
Ilona Slupianek
 East Germany
Svetlana Krachevskaya
 Soviet Union
Margitta Pufe
 East Germany
1984 Los Angeles
details
Claudia Losch
 West Germany
Mihaela Loghin
 Romania
Gael Martin
 Australia
1988 Seoul
details
Natalya Lisovskaya
 Soviet Union
Kathrin Neimke
 East Germany
Li Meisu
 China
1992 Barcelona
details
Svetlana Krivelyova
 Unified Team
Huang Zhihong
 China
Kathrin Neimke
 Germany
1996 Atlanta
details
Astrid Kumbernuss
 Germany
Sui Xinmei
 China
Irina Khudoroshkina
 Russia
2000 Sydney
details
Yanina Karolchik
 Belarus
Larisa Peleshenko
 Russia
Astrid Kumbernuss
 Germany
2004 Athens
details
Yumileidi Cumbá
 Cuba
Nadine Kleinert
 Germany
Not awarded[42]
2008 Beijing
details
Valerie Vili
 New Zealand
Misleydis González
 Cuba
Gong Lijiao
 China
2012 London
details
Valerie Adams
 New Zealand
Gong Lijiao
 China
Li Ling
 China
2016 Rio de Janeiro
details
Michelle Carter
 United States
Valerie Adams
 New Zealand
Anita Márton
 Hungary
2020 Tokyo
details
Gong Lijiao
 China
Raven Saunders
 United States
Valerie Adams
 New Zealand

World Championship medalists

Men

Championships Gold Silver Bronze
1983 Helsinki
details
 Edward Sarul (POL)  Ulf Timmermann (GDR)  Remigius Machura (TCH)
1987 Rome
details
 Werner Günthör (SUI)  Alessandro Andrei (ITA)  John Brenner (USA)
1991 Tokyo
details
 Werner Günthör (SUI)  Lars Arvid Nilsen (NOR)  Aleksandr Klimenko (URS)
1993 Stuttgart
details
 Werner Günthör (SUI)  Randy Barnes (USA)  Oleksandr Bagach (UKR)
1995 Gothenburg
details
 John Godina (USA)  Mika Halvari (FIN)  Randy Barnes (USA)
1997 Athens
details
 John Godina (USA)  Oliver-Sven Buder (GER)  C. J. Hunter (USA)
1999 Seville
details
 C. J. Hunter (USA)  Oliver-Sven Buder (GER)  Oleksandr Bagach (UKR)
2001 Edmonton
details
 John Godina (USA)  Adam Nelson (USA)  Arsi Harju (FIN)
2003 Saint-Denis
details
 Andrei Mikhnevich (BLR)  Adam Nelson (USA)  Yuriy Bilonoh (UKR)
2005 Helsinki
details
 Adam Nelson (USA)  Rutger Smith (NED)  Ralf Bartels (GER)
2007 Osaka
details
 Reese Hoffa (USA)  Adam Nelson (USA)  Rutger Smith (NED)
2009 Berlin
details
 Christian Cantwell (USA)  Tomasz Majewski (POL)  Ralf Bartels (GER)
2011 Daegu
details
 David Storl (GER)  Dylan Armstrong (CAN)  Christian Cantwell (USA)
2013 Moscow
details
 David Storl (GER)  Ryan Whiting (USA)  Dylan Armstrong (CAN)
2015 Beijing
details
 Joe Kovacs (USA)  David Storl (GER)  O'Dayne Richards (JAM)
2017 London
details
 Tom Walsh (NZL)  Joe Kovacs (USA)  Stipe Žunić (CRO)
2019 Doha
details
 Joe Kovacs (USA)  Ryan Crouser (USA)  Tom Walsh (NZL)
2022 Eugene
details
 Ryan Crouser (USA)  Joe Kovacs (USA)  Josh Awotunde (USA)

Women

Championships Gold Silver Bronze
1983 Helsinki
details
 Helena Fibingerová (TCH)  Helma Knorscheidt (GDR)  Ilona Schoknecht-Slupianek (GDR)
1987 Rome
details
 Natalya Lisovskaya (URS)  Kathrin Neimke (GDR)  Ines Müller (GDR)
1991 Tokyo
details
 Huang Zhihong (CHN)  Natalya Lisovskaya (URS)  Svetlana Krivelyova (URS)
1993 Stuttgart
details
 Huang Zhihong (CHN)  Svetlana Krivelyova (RUS)  Kathrin Neimke (GER)
1995 Gothenburg
details
 Astrid Kumbernuss (GER)  Huang Zhihong (CHN)  Svetla Mitkova (BUL)
1997 Athens
details
 Astrid Kumbernuss (GER)  Vita Pavlysh (UKR)  Stephanie Storp (GER)
1999 Seville
details
 Astrid Kumbernuss (GER)  Nadine Kleinert (GER)  Svetlana Krivelyova (RUS)
2001 Edmonton
details
 Yanina Karolchik (BLR)  Nadine Kleinert (GER)  Vita Pavlysh (UKR)
2003 Saint-Denis
details
 Svetlana Krivelyova (RUS)  Nadzeya Ostapchuk (BLR)  Vita Pavlysh (UKR)
2005 Helsinki[43]
details
 Olga Ryabinkina (RUS)  Valerie Vili (NZL)  Nadine Kleinert (GER)
2007 Osaka
details
 Valerie Vili (NZL)  Nadzeya Ostapchuk (BLR)  Nadine Kleinert (GER)
2009 Berlin
details
 Valerie Vili (NZL)  Nadine Kleinert (GER)  Gong Lijiao (CHN)
2011 Daegu
details
 Valerie Adams (NZL)  Nadzeya Ostapchuk (BLR)  Jillian Camarena-Williams (USA)
2013 Moscow
details
 Valerie Adams (NZL)  Christina Schwanitz (GER)  Gong Lijiao (CHN)
2015 Beijing
details
 Christina Schwanitz (GER)  Gong Lijiao (CHN)  Michelle Carter (USA)
2017 London
details
 Gong Lijiao (CHN)  Anita Márton (HUN)  Michelle Carter (USA)
2019 Doha
details
 Gong Lijiao (CHN)  Danniel Thomas-Dodd (JAM)  Christina Schwanitz (GER)
2022 Eugene
details
 Chase Ealey (USA)  Gong Lijiao (CHN)  Jessica Schilder (NED)

World Indoor Championships medalists

Men

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1985 Paris[A]
details
 Remigius Machura (TCH)  Udo Beyer (GDR)  Jānis Bojārs (URS)
1987 Indianapolis
details
 Ulf Timmermann (GDR)  Werner Günthör (SUI)  Sergey Smirnov (URS)
1989 Budapest
details
 Ulf Timmermann (GDR)  Randy Barnes (USA)  Georg Andersen (NOR)
1991 Seville
details
 Werner Günthör (SUI)  Klaus Bodenmüller (AUT)  Ron Backes (USA)
1993 Toronto
details
 Mike Stulce (USA)  Jim Doehring (USA)  Oleksandr Bagach (UKR)
1995 Barcelona
details
 Mika Halvari (FIN)  C. J. Hunter (USA)  Dragan Perić (FRY)
1997 Paris
details
 Yuriy Bilonoh (UKR)  Oleksandr Bagach (UKR)  John Godina (USA)
1999 Maebashi
details
 Oleksandr Bagach (UKR)  John Godina (USA)  Yuriy Bilonoh (UKR)
2001 Lisbon
details
 John Godina (USA)  Adam Nelson (USA)  Manuel Martínez (ESP)
2003 Birmingham
details
 Manuel Martínez (ESP)  John Godina (USA)  Yuriy Bilonoh (UKR)
2004 Budapest
details
 Christian Cantwell (USA)  Reese Hoffa (USA)  Joachim Olsen (DEN)
2006 Moscow
details
 Reese Hoffa (USA)  Joachim Olsen (DEN)  Pavel Sofin (RUS)
2008 Valencia
details
 Christian Cantwell (USA)  Reese Hoffa (USA)  Tomasz Majewski (POL)
2010 Doha
details
 Christian Cantwell (USA)  Ralf Bartels (GER)  Dylan Armstrong (CAN)
2012 Istanbul
details
 Ryan Whiting (USA)  David Storl (GER)  Tomasz Majewski (POL)
2014 Sopot
details
 Ryan Whiting (USA)  David Storl (GER)  Tomas Walsh (NZL)
2016 Portland
details
 Tomas Walsh (NZL)  Andrei Gag (ROU)  Filip Mihaljević (CRO)
2018 Birmingham
details
 Tomas Walsh (NZL)  David Storl (GER)  Tomáš Staněk (CZE)
2022 Belgrade
details
 Darlan Romani (BRA)  Ryan Crouser (USA)  Tomas Walsh (NZL)

Women

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1985 Paris[A]
details
 Natalya Lisovskaya (URS)  Ines Müller (GDR)  Nunu Abashidze (URS)
1987 Indianapolis
details
 Natalya Lisovskaya (URS)  Ilona Briesenick (GDR)  Claudia Losch (FRG)
1989 Budapest
details
 Claudia Losch (FRG)  Huang Zhihong (CHN)  Christa Wiese (GDR)
1991 Seville
details
 Sui Xinmei (CHN)  Huang Zhihong (CHN)  Natalya Lisovskaya (URS)
1993 Toronto
details
 Svetlana Krivelyova (RUS)  Stephanie Storp (GER)  Zhang Liuhong (CHN)
1995 Barcelona
details
 Kathrin Neimke (GER)  Connie Price-Smith (USA)  Grit Hammer (GER)
1997 Paris
details
 Vita Pavlysh (UKR)  Astrid Kumbernuss (GER)  Irina Korzhanenko (RUS)
1999 Maebashi
details
 Svetlana Krivelyova (RUS)  Krystyna Danilczyk-Zabawska (POL)  Teri Steer-Tunks (USA)
2001 Lisbon
details
 Larisa Peleshenko (RUS)  Nadzeya Ostapchuk (BLR)  Svetlana Krivelyova (RUS)
2003 Birmingham
details
 Irina Korzhanenko (RUS)  Nadzeya Ostapchuk (BLR)  Astrid Kumbernuss (GER)
2004 Budapest
details
 Svetlana Krivelyova (RUS)  Yumileidi Cumbá (CUB)  Nadine Kleinert (GER)
2006 Moscow
details
 Natallia Mikhnevich (BLR)  Nadine Kleinert (GER)  Olga Ryabinkina (RUS)
2008 Valencia
details
 Valerie Vili (NZL)  Li Meiju (CHN)  Misleydis González (CUB)
2010 Doha
details
 Valerie Adams (NZL)  Anna Avdeyeva (RUS)  Nadine Kleinert (GER)
2012 Istanbul
details
 Valerie Adams (NZL)  Michelle Carter (USA)  Jillian Camarena-Williams (USA)
2014 Sopot
details
 Valerie Adams (NZL)  Christina Schwanitz (GER)  Gong Lijiao (CHN)
2016 Portland
details
 Michelle Carter (USA)  Anita Márton (HUN)  Valerie Adams (NZL)
2018 Birmingham
details
 Anita Márton (HUN)  Danniel Thomas-Dodd (JAM)  Gong Lijiao (CHN)
2022 Belgrade
details
 Auriol Dongmo (POR)  Chase Ealey (USA)  Jessica Schilder (NED)

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See also

Notes and references

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