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1956 Olympic Games Melbourne, Australia - Men's Shot Put

 

 

Host City: Melbourne, Australia Format: All those reaching 15.00 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: November 28, 1956
Date Finished: November 28, 1956
(Competitors: 14; Countries: 10; Finalists: 14)
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Overview by IAAF 1956_melbournestadium.jpg 
By 1956 O’Brien had fully developed the technique which would be the model for all throwers in following decades. Using the circle to its full diameter O’Brien effectively increased the arc that the shot had to travel before leaving the athlete, and distances increased as a result. This, together with intense weight training and every possible psychological stimulus, made O’Brien the most formidable athlete of his generation. In 20 competitions in 1956 before Melbourne O’Brien averaged 18.49, a distance no other putter had ever reached. O’Brien contented himself with 16.63 in qualifying, behind Skobla (17.09), and Nieder (16.76), as 14 men reached the weak qualifying standard of 14.00. In the final, O’Brien led the field with what would turn out to be his worst throw – 17.92, with Skobla in second (17.39) ahead of the athletic giant (1.98/107Kg) Bantum. O’Brien went over 60 feet in the next round with 18.47, as Nieder got a fair throw of 17.61, which he improved upon in the next round to 17.81. Bantum moved up to 17.48 in round 4, but Skobla countered with 17.51. The Czech, son of Jaroslav, who had won the heavyweight title in weightlifting in 1932, secured third place with 17.65 in the final round. Earlier, Nieder had taken off the bandage on his injured knee for freer movement and pushed the shot out to 18.18. O’Brien also reached his best of the day in the fifth round with 18.57.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
By 1956 defending champion Parry O'Brien had established himself as the greatest putter in the world. Between Olympics he had broken the world record 15 times, though not all were ratified. In May 1964 he had become the first putter over 60 feet when he threw 18.42 (60-5¼) in a UCLA-USC dual meet. He did it with a revolutionary new technique in which he began with his back to the front of the cirlc and did a 180° turn before releasing the shot. His 1956 gold medal was quite easy, as he had the five longest puts of the competition. American Bill Nieder won the silver medal over Czechoslovakia's Jiří Škobla. Škobla's father, Jaroslav, had also won an Olympic medal – a gold in 1932 heavyweight weightlifting.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 1956 Summer Olympics.

World Record 19.25 United States Parry O'Brien Los Angeles (USA) November 1, 1956
Olympic Record 17.41 United States Parry O'Brien Helsinki (FIN) July 21, 1952
 
Results
Shot Put Men Final 28 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 18.57 Parry O'Brien United States USA 24 OR
2 18.18 Bill Nieder United States USA 23
3 17.65 Jiří Skobla Czechoslovakia TCH 26
4 17.48 Ken Bantum United States USA 21
5 16.96 Boris Belyayev Soviet Union URS 23
6 16.65 Erik Uddebom Sweden SWE 22
7 16.63 Karl-Heinz Wegmann Germany GER 22
8 16.56 Georgios Tsakanikas Greece GRE 22
9 16.52 Barry Donath Australia AUS 23
10 16.28 Silvano Meconi Italy ITA 25
11 16.08 Peter Hanlin Australia AUS 25
12 15.81 Barclay Palmer Great Britain GBR 24
13 15.62 Vladimir Loshchilov Soviet Union URS 24
14 15.31 Raymond Thomas France FRA 25
Shot Put Men Qualifying Round 28 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 17.15 Q Jiří Skobla Czechoslovakia TCH 26
2 16.76 Q Bill Nieder United States USA 23
3 16.63 Q Parry O'Brien United States USA 24
4 16.57 Q Barry Donath Australia AUS 23
5 16.35 Q Erik Uddebom Sweden SWE 22
6 16.19 Q Silvano Meconi Italy ITA 25
7 15.99 Q Georgios Tsakanikas Greece GRE 22
8 15.76 Q Ken Bantum United States USA 21
9 15.73 Q Karl-Heinz Wegmann Germany GER 22
10 15.63 Q Vladimir Loshchilov Soviet Union URS 24
11 15.62 Q Peter Hanlin Australia AUS 25
12 15.42 Q Raymond Thomas France FRA 25
13 15.19 Q Barclay Palmer Great Britain GBR 24
14 15.03 Q Boris Belyayev Soviet Union URS 23

 Detailed View

 
Final 14:30 Team Dist. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
1. Parry O'Brien USA 18.57m 17.92 18.47 18.37 18.45 18.57 18.23
2. William Nieder USA 18.18m X 17.61 17.81 16.82 18.18 X
3. Jiri Skobla TCH 17.65m 17.39 16.70 17.34 17.51 17.05 17.65
4. Kenneth Bantum USA 17.48m 16.99 X 16.27 17.48 X X
5. Boris Balyayev URS 16.96m 16.96 16.05 16.58 15.96 16.11 16.24
6. Erik Uddebom SWE 16.65m 16.54 X 16.65 15.74 16.06 16.31
7. Karl-Heinz Wegmann GER 16.63m 16.43 16.63 16.37  
8. Georgios Tsakanikas GRE 16.56m X 16.56 15.52  
9. Barry Donath AUS 16.52m X 16.52 16.01  
10.Silvano Meconi ITA 16.28m X 16.28 15.83  
11.Robert Hanlin AUS 16.08m 15.76 16.08 15.50  
12.Barclay Palmer GBR 15.81m 15.81 15.17 15.65  
13.Vladimir Lochilov URS 15.62m 15.62 15.33 15.39  
14.Raymond Thomas FRA 15.31m 15.11 15.28 15.31  
Qualification Round - Wednesday 28.11 10:00 - mark 15.00m - 14 Athletes
Group Team Dist. 1. 2. 3.
1. Jiri Skobla TCH 17.15m 17.15 - -
2. William Nieder USA 16.76m 16.76 - -
3. Parry O'Brien USA 16.63m 16.63 - -
4. Barry Donath AUS 16.57m 16.57 - -
5. Erik Uddebom SWE 16.35m 16.35 - -
6. Silvano Meconi ITA 16.19m 16.19 - -
7. Georgios Tsakanikas GRE 14.93m 15.99 - -
8. Kenneth Bantum USA 15.76m 15.76 - -
9. Karl-Heinz Wegmann GER 15.73m 15.73 - -
10.Vladimir Lochilov URS 15.63m 15.63 - -
11.Robert Hanlin AUS 15.62m 15.62 - -
12.Raymond Thomas FRA 15.42m 15.42 - -
13.Barclay Palmer GBR 15.19m 15.19 - -
14.Boris Balyayev URS 15.03m 15.03 - -
 
 
 

 

 

 

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