Shot Put for women has been an integral part of
the Olympics athletics schedule since the 1948 London Summer Games.
The putting region of the athletes is seven meter in diameter.
While performing shot put, an athlete has to put a heave metal ball
as far as possible. The ball is termed shot and throwing the ball in
pushing motion is called put. Two putting styles currently used by
shot put competitors are glide and spin. The measurement of putting
is from the inner side of the circle boundary to the touching point
in the landing area.
Rules and Regulations
The International Association of Athletics Federations or the IAAF
rules and regulations are implemented in the shot put event for
women in Olympics.
- IAAF rules determine the movements of the athlete during and
after the put.
- If an athlete steps out of the circle before the ball has
landed, the result is foul throw.
- All athletes are given six chances for shot putting.
- While shot putting, an athlete has to hold the ball between
her neck and shoulder.
- Weight of the shot (ball) is determined by the IAAF.
- The shot should not outside the left or right border.
- If the athlete touches the top of the toe board, foul throw
- The athlete must push the throwing arm straight from the
neck, pushing the ball off the fingertips.
- Athletes are allowed to wear bandages for wrist protection.
- If the athlete does not demonstrate control after entering
the circle and putting the shot, the result is foul throw.
Women athletes who have performed well at shot put in Olympics are
Claudia Losch, Helena Fibingerova, Ilona Briesenick, Natalya
Lisovskaya, Yumileidi Cumba, Yanina Korolchik, Sui Xinmei, Tamara
Press, Tamara Tyshkevich, Galina Zybina, Vita Pavlysh, Natalya
Akhrimenko, Li Meisu, Marianne Adam, Ivanka Hristova, Astrid
Kumbernuss, Svetlana Krivelyova, Ilona Slupianek, Nadezhda Chizhova,
and Margitta Gummel.