Shot put is a throwing event, which involves throwing a metallic ball at a distance from a specified position. The origin of the shot put event is Scotland. The ball thrown during the event is generally made from heavy metal. The launching area is a circle with 7 feet diameter. The distance of the throw is measured from the inner side of the circle boundary to the touching point in the landing area. Women started competing in shot put event in 1917. In those days, the weight of the ball used in the event was 4 kilogram.

Shot Put for Women in Summer Olympics

Shot put was held in the women’s athletics competition during the 1948 London Summer Games. Since then, the event has been contested regularly at the Summer Games.

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