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1988 Olympic Games Seoul - Men's Shot Put

 

 

Host City: Seoul, South Korea Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 20.20 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 23, 1988
Date Finished: September 23, 1988
(Competitors: 21; Countries: 17; Finalists: 12)
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Overview by IAAF  1988_olympic_stadium.jpg
This was possibly the best shot competition ever, and one of the greatest Olympic battles in history. Timmermann, the athletic (1.94/108Kg) GDR thrower was favourite to win ahead of World Champion Günthör. Timmermann led the qualifiers with 21.27. After Günthör reached an Olympic record 21.45 in the first round of the final, the East German stamped his authority on the event with a massive 22.02. Udo Beyer moved into third with 21.40 in the second round, with Randy Barnes lagging behind the top three at 20.72. Günthör, recovering from a back injury, then threw 21.70 and Timmermann increased his lead with 22.16. Barnes spun the 16 pound ball out to 21.31 in round 4, but remained in fourth place. Günthör and Timmermann improved further in the penultimate round with 21.99 and 22.29 respectively. Barnes now had one chance left.“I decided to get reckless, ” he said later. He powered the shot out to 22.39, the fifth Olympic record of the competition. Timmermann came up for the last throw of the competition. “I could make my place in Olympic history, ” he said. His throw flew out to 22.47 and his fourteenth win of an unbeaten season.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The 1986 European Champion, and 1987 World Champion, was Switzerland's Werner Günthör. But he had big challengers in East Germany's Ulf Timmermann and Udo Beyer and America's Randy Barnes. Timmermann was the world record holder with 23.06 (75-8) set in May 1988. Günthör opened in round one with 21.45 (70-4½) but Timmermann took the lead at the end of the round with 22.02 (72-3). That led thru round two, although Günthör improved to 21.59 (70-10). He improved again in the next round with 21.70 (71-2½) but Timmermann opened up a bit with 22.16 (72-8½). Beyer moved into third in round two with 21.40 (70-2½) while Barnes languished in fourth after three rounds, throwing only 20.72 (67-11¾) in the second. But he improved to 21.31 (69-11), but it did not improve his position. Round five saw Günthör improve to 21.99 (72-1¾), still in second, and Timmermann again improved his mark with 22.29 (73-1¾). Beyer and Günthör were done, having recorded their best marks, and seemingly securing medals. Then Barnes unleased an Olympic record 22.39 (73-5½) in the final round to move into the lead ahead of Timmermann, pushing Beyer to fourth. Timmermann was the last thrower of the competition, and responded with an Olympic record of 22.47 (73-8¾) to win the gold medal. The top three marks have still never been surpassed at the Olympics, possibly the victim of more stringent drug testing. Athletics historian Richard Hymans has called this )the greatest shot competition ever).
 

Records

Standing records prior to the 1988 Summer Olympics
World Record  Ulf Timmermann (GDR) 23.06 m May 22, 1988 Greece Chania, Greece
Olympic Record  Vladimir Kiselyov (URS) 21.35 m July 30, 1980 Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union
Broken records during the 1988 Summer Olympics
Olympic Record  Ulf Timmermann (GDR) 22.02 m September 23, 1988 South Korea Seoul, South Korea
 Ulf Timmermann (GDR) 22.16 m
 Ulf Timmermann (GDR) 22.29 m
 Randy Barnes (USA) 22.39 m
 Ulf Timmermann (GDR) 22.47 m
 
Results
Shot Put Men Final 23 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 22.47 Ulf Timmermann East Germany GDR 1 Nov 62
2 22.39 Randy Barnes United States USA 16 Jun 66
3 21.99 Werner Günthör Switzerland SUI 1 Jun 61
4 21.40 Udo Beyer East Germany GDR 9 Aug 55
5 20.57 Remigius Machura Czechoslovakia TCH 3 Jul 60
6 20.38 Gert Weil Chile CHI 3 Jan 60
7 20.36 Alessandro Andrei Italy ITA 3 Jan 59
8 20.36 Sergey Smirnov Soviet Union URS 17 Sep 60
9 20.16 Gregg Tafralis United States USA 9 Apr 58
10 19.91 Georg Andersen Norway NOR 7 Jan 63
11 19.89 Jim Doehring United States USA 27 Jan 62
12 19.51 Helmut Krieger Poland POL 17 Jul 58
Shot Put Men Qualification 23 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 21.27 Ulf Timmermann East Germany GDR 1 Nov 62
2 20.97 Udo Beyer East Germany GDR 9 Aug 55
3 20.83 Randy Barnes United States USA 16 Jun 66
4 20.70 Werner Günthör Switzerland SUI 1 Jun 61
5 20.48 Sergey Smirnov Soviet Union URS 17 Sep 60
6 20.18 Alessandro Andrei Italy ITA 3 Jan 59
7 20.18 Gert Weil Chile CHI 3 Jan 60
8 20.16 Remigius Machura Czechoslovakia TCH 3 Jul 60
9 20.05 Georg Andersen Norway NOR 7 Jan 63
10 19.75 Helmut Krieger Poland POL 17 Jul 58
11 19.73 Jim Doehring United States USA 27 Jan 62
12 19.71 Gregg Tafralis United States USA 9 Apr 58
13 19.68 Georgi Yanev Todorov Bulgaria BUL 7 Mar 60
14 19.21 Pétur Gudmundsson Iceland ISL 24 Jan 62
15 18.94 Ahmed Mohamed Accouche Egypt EGY 18 Nov 55
16 18.89 Klaus Bodenmüller Austria AUT 6 Sep 62
17 18.27 Ma Yongfeng China CHN 29 Nov 62
18 17.61 Ahmed Kamel Shatta Egypt EGY 23 Jan 61
19 17.28 Paul Edwards Great Britain GBR 16 Feb 59
20 15.92 Mohamed Al-Zankawi Kuwait KUW 7 Oct 53
21 15.68 Han Min-Soo South Korea KOR 24 Mar 63
 
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Qualifying round

 

Final

RANKGROUP ADISTANCE123
1.  Ulf Timmermann (GDR) 21.27 m 21.27 - -
2.  Randy Barnes (USA) 20.83 m 20.16 20.83 -
3.  Alessandro Andrei (ITA) 20.18 m 19.72 20.18 19.93
4.  Gert Weil (CHI) 20.18 m 20.18 19.58 19.59
5.  Jim Doehring (USA) 19.73 m 16.89 17.66 19.73
6.  Georgi Todorov (BUL) 19.68 m 19.25 19.02 19.68
7.  Klaus Bodenmüller (AUT) 18.89 m 18.89 17.54 -
8.  Ma Yongfeng (CHN) 18.27 m 17.48 17.79 18.27
9.  Ahmed Shatta (EGY) 17.61 m 16.94 17.61 17.37
10.  Paul Edwards (GBR) 17.28 m 17.13 17.11 17.28
11.  Han Min-Soo (KOR) 15.68 m 15.67 15.68 15.64
RANKGROUP BDISTANCE123
1.  Udo Beyer (GDR) 20.97 m X 20.97 -
2.  Werner Günthör (SUI) 20.70 m 20.70 - -
3.  Sergey Smirnov (URS) 20.48 m 20.13 20.48 -
4.  Remigius Machura (TCH) 20.16 m 19.88 20.16 X
5.  Georg Andersen (NOR) 20.05 m X 19.95 20.05
6.  Helmut Krieger (POL) 19.75 m 19.42 X 19.75
7.  Gregg Tafralis (USA) 19.71 m 19.71 19.44 X
8.  Pétur Guðmundsson (ISL) 19.21 m 19.21 X X
9.  Mohamed Achouch (EGY) 18.94 m 18.19 18.94 18.50
10.  Muhammad Zankawi (KUW) 15.92 m X 15.34 15.92
RANKFINALDISTANCE123456
Med 1.png  Ulf Timmermann (GDR) 22.47 m OR 22.02 21.31 22.16 21.90 22.29 22.47
Med 2.png  Randy Barnes (USA) 22.39 m 20.17 20.72 X 21.31 21.01 22.39
Med 3.png  Werner Günthör (SUI) 21.99 m 21.45 21.59 21.70 20.98 21.99 21.61
4.  Udo Beyer (GDR) 21.40 m X 21.40 20.84 20.82 21.30 21.31
5.  Remigius Machura (TCH) 20.57 m 20.57 20.03 20.16 20.36 20.12 20.29
6.  Gert Weil (CHI) 20.38 m 20.22 20.09 X 20.23 20.21 20.38
7.  Alessandro Andrei (ITA) 20.36 m 19.71 20.17 20.06 19.93 20.36 20.26
8.  Sergey Smirnov (URS) 20.36 m 20.11 X 20.36 X X X
9.  Gregg Tafralis (USA) 20.16 m 20.16 X X
10.  Georg Andersen (NOR) 19.91 m X X 19.91
11.  Jim Doehring (USA) 19.89 m 19.27 X 19.89
12.  Helmut Krieger (POL) 19.51 m X 19.51 X
 
 
 

 

 

 

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