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Field event in which a metal ball is heaved for distance. It derives from the ancient event of putting the stone; later a shot (cannonball) was substituted. A 16-lb (7.3-kg) shot was adopted for men in the first modern Olympic Games (1896); an 8.8-lb (4-kg) weight is used by women.
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