13th Early recordings of shot put stem right the way back to this century in Switzerland.
1896 Shot put made its first appearance in the modern Olympic Games in this year.
16 Although shots come in a variety of weights, senior men's competition use shots that weigh this amount in pounds (7.3kg).
23.12 This is the current senior men's world record in metres for shot put, which was set by American Randy Barnes in 1990.
1972 In this year, the Russian shot putter Aleksandr Baryshnikov introduced the 'spinning' technique to the sport – technically challenging but highly popular. It stems from discus throwing.
6 There are at least this many different types of materials used to make shots, depending on their use: iron, cast iron, solid steel, stainless steel, brass and synthetic materials.