Polish double Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski
|World||Randy Barnes 23.12 m (1990)|
|Olympic||Ryan Crouser 22.52 m (2016)|
|World||Natalya Lisovskaya 22.63 m (1987)|
|Olympic||Ilona Slupianek 22.41 m (1980)|
The shot put (pronounced / /) is a track and field event involving "throwing"/"putting" (throwing in a pushing motion) a heavy spherical object —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.
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. In the 16th century King Henry VIII was noted for his prowess in court competitions of weight and hammer throwing.
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.
Competitors take their throw from inside a marked circle 2.135 metres (7.00 ft) in diameter, with a stopboard about 10 centimetres (3.9 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 in the ground by the falling shot, with distances rounded down to the nearest centimetre under IAAF and WMA rules.
The following rules (indoor and outdoor) are adhered to for a legal throw:
- Upon calling the athlete's name, they have sixty seconds to commence the throwing motion otherwise they are banned from the game.
- The athlete may not wear gloves; IAAF rules permit the taping of individual fingers.
- The athlete must rest the shot close to the neck, and keep it tight to the neck throughout the motion.
- The shot must be released above the height of the shoulder, using only one hand.
- The athlete may touch the inside surface of the circle or toe board, but must not touch the top or outside of the circle or toe board, or the ground beyond the circle. Limbs may however extend over the lines of the circle in the air.
- The shot must land in the legal sector (34.92°) of the throwing area.
- The athlete must leave the throwing circle from the back.
The athlete may enter the throwing circle at the location of their choice.
Foul throws occur when an athlete:
- Does not pause within the circle before beginning the throwing motion.
- Does not complete the throwing movement within sixty seconds of having their name called.
- Allows the shot to drop below his shoulder or outside the vertical plane of his shoulder during the put.
At any time if the shot loses contact with the neck then it is technically an illegal throw.
- During the throwing motion, touches with any part of the body (including shoes):
- the top or ends of the toe board
- the top of the iron ring
- anywhere outside the circle.
- Throws a shot which either falls outside the throwing sector or touches a sector line on the initial impact.
- Leaves the circle before the shot has landed.
- Does not leave from the rear half of the circle.
The following are either obsolete or non-existent, but commonly believed rules within professional competition:
- The athlete must enter the circle from the back (none of the rule books contain such a clause).
- The athlete entering the circle, then exiting and re-entering it prior to starting the throw results in a foul (all the rule books allow an athlete to leave a circle prior to starting a throw, but this still counts within the one-minute time limit; the allowable method of exiting the circle varies by rule book).
- Loose clothing, shoelaces, or long hair touching outside the circle during a throw, or an athlete bringing a towel into the circle and then throwing it out prior to the put results in a foul
Each competition has a set number of rounds of throws. Typically there are three preliminary rounds to determine qualification for the final, and then three more rounds in the final. Each competitor is credited with their longest throw, regardless of whether it was achieved in the preliminary or final rounds. The competitor with the longest legal put is declared the winner.
In open competitions the men's shot weighs 7.260 kilograms (16.01 lb), and the women's shot weighs 4 kilograms (8.8 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.
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 degrees.
The origin of the glide 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.
With this technique, a right-hand thrower would begin facing the rear of the circle, and then 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'.
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. 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.
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 middle 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.
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, 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 by a male putter of 23.120 m (75 ft 10.236 in) by Randy Barnes was completed with the spin technique, while the second-best all-time put of 23.063 m (75 ft 7.992 in) by Ulf Timmermann was completed with the glide technique.
Measuring which technique can provide the most potential is difficult, as many of the best throws recorded with each technique have been completed by athletes under doping suspicions, or with a record of drug violations. 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 put ball 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, indoor shots are larger than outdoor shots, so different materials are used to make them. 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.
The current world record holders are:
|Outdoor||Randy Barnes||23.12 m (75 ft 10 in)||Westwood, Los Angeles, California, USA||May 20, 1990|
|Indoor||Randy Barnes||22.66 m (74 ft 4 in)||Los Angeles, California, USA||January 20, 1989|
|Outdoor||Natalya Lisovskaya||22.63 m (74 ft 2 3⁄4 in)||Moscow, USSR||June 7, 1987|
|Indoor||Helena Fibingerová||22.50 m (73 ft 9 3⁄4 in)||Jablonec, CZE||February 19, 1977|
|Africa||21.97 m (72 ft 0 3⁄4 in)||Janus Robberts||South Africa||18.43 m (60 ft 5 1⁄2 in)||Vivian Chukwuemeka||Nigeria|
|Asia||21.13 m (69 ft 3 3⁄4 in)||Sultan Abdulmajeed Al-Hebshi||Saudi Arabia||21.76 m (71 ft 4 1⁄2 in)||Meisu Li||China|
|Europe||23.06 m (75 ft 7 3⁄4 in)||Ulf Timmermann||East Germany||22.63 m (74 ft 2 3⁄4 in) WR||Natalya Lisovskaya||Soviet Union|
| North and Central
America, and Caribbean
|23.12 m (75 ft 10 in) WR||Randy Barnes||United States||20.96 m (68 ft 9 in) A||Belsy Laza||Cuba|
|Oceania||22.21 m (72 ft 10 1⁄4 in)||Tomas Walsh||New Zealand||21.24 m (69 ft 8 in)||Valerie Adams||New Zealand|
|South America||21.26 m (69 ft 9 in)||German Lauro||Argentina||19.30 m (63 ft 3 3⁄4 in) A||Elisângela Adriano||Brazil|
Top 25 performers
|1||23.12 m (75 ft 10 in)||Randy Barnes||United States||20 May 1990||Westwood|
|2||23.06 m (75 ft 7 3⁄4 in)||Ulf Timmermann||East Germany||22 May 1988||Khania|
|3||22.91 m (75 ft 1 3⁄4 in)||Alessandro Andrei||Italy||12 August 1987||Viareggio|
|4||22.86 m (75 ft 0 in)||Brian Oldfield||United States||10 May 1975||El Paso|
|5||22.75 m (74 ft 7 1⁄2 in)||Werner Günthör||Switzerland||23 August 1988||Bern|
|6||22.67 m (74 ft 4 1⁄2 in)||Kevin Toth||United States||19 April 2003||Lawrence|
|7||22.64 m (74 ft 3 1⁄4 in)||Udo Beyer||East Germany||20 August 1986||Berlin|
|8||22.56 m (74 ft 0 in)||Joe Kovacs||United States||17 July 2015||Fontvieille|
|9||22.54 m (73 ft 11 1⁄4 in)||Christian Cantwell||United States||5 June 2004||Gresham|
|10||22.52 m (73 ft 10 1⁄2 in)||John Brenner||United States||26 April 1987||Walnut|
|Ryan Crouser||United States||18 August 2016||Rio de Janeiro|
|12||22.51 m (73 ft 10 in)||Adam Nelson||United States||18 May 2002||Gresham|
|13||22.43 m (73 ft 7 in)||Reese Hoffa||United States||3 August 2007||London|
|14||22.28 m (73 ft 1 in)||Ryan Whiting||United States||10 May 2013||Doha|
|15||22.24 m (72 ft 11 1⁄2 in)||Sergey Smirnov||Soviet Union||21 June 1986||Tallinn|
|16||22.21 m (72 ft 10 1⁄4 in) A||Dylan Armstrong||Canada||25 June 2011||Calgary|
|22.21 m (72 ft 10 1⁄4 in)||Tomas Walsh||New Zealand||5 September 2016||Zagreb|
|18||22.20 m (72 ft 10 in)||David Storl||Germany||9 July 2015||Lausanne|
|John Godina||United States||22 May 2005||Carson|
|20||22.10 m (72 ft 6 in)||Sergey Gavryushin||Soviet Union||31 August 1986||Tblisi|
|22.10 m (72 ft 6 in)||Cory Martin||United States||23 May 2010||Tucson|
|22||22.09 m (72 ft 5 1⁄2 in)||Sergey Kasnauskas||Soviet Union||23 August 1984||Minsk|
|22.09 m (72 ft 5 1⁄2 in)i||Mika Halvari||Finland||7 February 2000||Tampere|
|24||22.02 m (72 ft 2 3⁄4 in)||Dave Laut||United States||25 August 1982||Koblenz|
|22.02 m (72 ft 2 3⁄4 in)i||George Woods||United States||8 February 1974||Inglewood|
- Rolf Österreich of the East Germany threw a best of 22.11 on 12 September 1976 in Zschopau, but this mark was not recognized by East German authorities.
- Andrei Mikhnevich of Belarus threw 22.10 on 8 August 2011 in Minsk. This mark was annulled due to doping offense.
|1||22.63 m (74 ft 2 3⁄4 in)||Natalya Lisovskaya||Soviet Union||Moscow||June 7, 1987|
|2||22.50 m (73 ft 9 3⁄4 in)i||Helena Fibingerová||Czechoslovakia||Jablonec nad Nisou||February 19, 1977|
|3||22.45 m (73 ft 7 3⁄4 in)||Ilona Briesenick||East Germany||Potsdam||May 11, 1980|
|4||22.19 m (72 ft 9 1⁄2 in)||Claudia Losch||West Germany||Hainfeld||August 23, 1987|
|5||21.89 m (71 ft 9 3⁄4 in)||Ivanka Khristova||Bulgaria||Belmeken||July 4, 1976|
|6||21.86 m (71 ft 8 1⁄2 in)||Marianne Adam||East Germany||Leipzig||June 23, 1979|
|7||21.76 m (71 ft 4 1⁄2 in)||Li Meisu||China||Shijiazhuang||April 23, 1988|
|8||21.73 m (71 ft 3 1⁄2 in)||Natalya Akhrimenko||Soviet Union||Leselidze||May 21, 1988|
|9||21.70 m (71 ft 2 1⁄4 in)i||Nadzeya Ostapchuk||Belarus||Mogilev||February 12, 2010|
|10||21.69 m (71 ft 1 3⁄4 in)||Vita Pavlysh||Ukraine||Budapest||August 15, 1998|
|11||21.66 m (71 ft 0 3⁄4 in)||Sui Xinmei||China||Beijing||June 9, 1990|
|12||21.62 m (70 ft 11 in)||Verzhinia Veselinova||Bulgaria||Sofia||August 21, 1982|
|13||21.60 m (70 ft 10 1⁄4 in)i||Valentina Fedyushina||Soviet Union||Simferopol||December 28, 1991|
|14||21.58 m (70 ft 9 1⁄2 in)||Margitta Pufe||East Germany||Erfurt||May 28, 1978|
|15||21.57 m (70 ft 9 in)||Ines Müller||East Germany||Athens||May 16, 1988|
|16||21.53 m (70 ft 7 1⁄2 in)||Nunu Abashidze||Soviet Union||Kiev||June 20, 1984|
|17||21.52 m (70 ft 7 in)||Huang Zhihong||China||Beijing||June 27, 1990|
|18||21.46 m (70 ft 4 3⁄4 in)||Larisa Peleshenko||Russia||Budapest||August 26, 2000|
|19||21.45 m (70 ft 4 1⁄4 in)||Nadezhda Chizhova||Soviet Union||Varna||September 29, 1973|
|20||21.43 m (70 ft 3 1⁄2 in)||Eva Wilms||West Germany||Munich||June 27, 1977|
|21||21.42 m (70 ft 3 1⁄4 in)||Svetlana Krachevskaya||Soviet Union||Moscow||July 24, 1980|
|22||21.31 m (69 ft 10 3⁄4 in)||Heike Hartwig||East Germany||Athens||May 16, 1988|
|23||21.27 m (69 ft 9 1⁄4 in)||Liane Schmuhl||East Germany||Cottbus||June 26, 1982|
|24||21.24 m (69 ft 8 in)||Valerie Adams||New Zealand||Daegu||August 29, 2011|
|25||21.22 m (69 ft 7 1⁄4 in)||Astrid Kumbernuss||Germany||Gothenburg||August 5, 1995|
World Championship medalists
As of June 5, 2015
Notes and references
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- "Hammer Throw". IAAF. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
- Shot Put - Introduction. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-02-28.
- Aleksandr Baryshnikov biography on sportsdaily.ru (in Russian) reference tested at 11 May 2009
- Aleksandr Baryshnikov, Athlete from Russia (in Russian) reference tested at 11 May 2009
- Григорий РУДЕРМАН (Израиль), заслуженный тренер России «Метания в хх веке : тенденции развития.» reference tested at 11 May 2009
- Playboy Poland 8/2012, page 44,45
- "Outdoor: Shot Put: Area Records". Official website. International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Retrieved 10 March 2011.
- Shot Put - men - senior - outdoor. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-01-24.
- Shot Put - women - senior - outdoor. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-01-24.
- "Shot Put Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
- "Men's Shot Put Results" (PDF). Rio 2016 official website. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
- "Shot Put Results". IAAF. 5 September 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
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- Athens 2004 Athletics Medalists. Olympic.org. Retrieved on 2014-04-19.
- Revision of results following sanctions of Tsikhan and Ostapchuk
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