The shot put is a track and field event involving 'throwing'/'putting' (throwing in a pushing motion) a heavy spherical object the shotas far as possible. The shot put competition for men has been a part of the modern Olympics since their revival in 1896, women's competition began in 1948. Homer makes mention of competitions of rock throwing by soldiers during the Siege of Troy but there is no record of any dead weights being thrown in Greek competitions. The first evidence for stone- or weight-throwing events date back more than 2000 years in the Scottish Highlands. In the 16th century King Henry VIII was noted for his prowess in court competitions of weight and hammer throwing. The first known events resembling the modern shot put likely occurred in the Middle Ages when soldiers held competitions in which they hurled cannonballs.
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