The shot put is a straightforward event; competitors have to "put" (throwing with a pushing motion) the shot (the metal ball) as far as they can. However, the weight of the sphere needs to be considered: 7.26kg (16.01 lb) for men and 4kg (8.8 lb) for women!

Randy Barnes Breaks the World Record Shot Put

Randy Barnes sets the current World Record Shot Put in 1990 at UCLA of 23.12 meters. Using the spin technique, Barnes throws the 7.23kg shot put further than any other athlete recorded so far.

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