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Shot put

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The shot, a metal ball (7.26kg/16lb for men, 4kg for women), is put - not thrown- with one hand. The aim is to put it as far as possible from a 7ft-diameter (2.135m) circle that has a curved 10cm-high toe-board at the front.

In order for the put to be measured, the shot must not drop below the line of the athlete’s shoulders at any stage of the put and must land inside a designated 35-degree sector. The athlete, meanwhile, must not touch the top of the toe-board during their put or leave the circle before the ball has landed, and then only from the rear half of the circle.

Athletes will commonly throw four or six times per competition. In the event of a tie, the winner will be the athlete with the next best effort.

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