Breaking the Record: 100 Years of Olympic History

Breaking the Record: 100 Years of Olympic History

Men's Fitness rewinds Olympic history nearly 100 years. The results? Staggering improvements in race times.

Shot Put

1912:Pat McDonald, USA, 15.34 meters

2008:Tomasz Majewski, Poland, 21.51 meters

Impressive speed improvements aside, the knowledge we've gained over the last 100 years about weight training and strength alone has obliterated what elite athletes in 1912 thought possible. The 1912 winning throw in shot put was just over 50 feet. Today, it's over 70 feet.


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