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What is a shot-putter?
A shot-putter is an athlete who competes in shot put, a track-and-field competition in which competitors try to throw a heavy ball as far as they can. The term is often spelled without a hyphen, as shot putter.
In shot put, shot-putters have to put, or throw from the shoulder, a weighted ball called a shot. They must throw the shot using one hand (held above the shoulder) while standing inside a circle that is 7 feet (2 m) wide. The shot is 16 pounds for men and 8.8 pounds for women and is made of brass or iron.
The shot put is one of the “field” events in track and field, which also include other events in which objects are thrown as far as possible, namely discus and javelin. All three are events in the summer Olympic Games (the Summer Games) and are also events in the modern decathlon.
Example: I’m training as a shot-putter with my track-and-field team.
Where does shot-putter come from?
The first records of the term shot put come from the late 1800s, when the sport began gaining popularity in the U.K. The term shot-putter has been used since around the same time.
In shot put, the word shot refers to a ball-like projectile (based on the term referring to the metal balls fired from cannons and older firearms), while the word put specifically means “to throw or cast, especially with a forward motion of the hand when raised close to the shoulder.”
Contests involving throwing stones and other heavy objects as far as possible date back to ancient times. But, in the 1800s, British soldiers began throwing cannonballs as a part of their sports recreation, leading to the use of a weighted ball similar to a cannonball for the shot put. The event was introduced at the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and has been included in every summer Olympics since. The women’s shot put event was added to the Olympics in 1948.
There are a variety of techniques used by shot-putters, but the most popular (and usually most effective) involves spinning in a circle before throwing. It was developed by Viktor Alexeyev, the coach of shot-putter Aleksandr Baryshnikov, who popularized the technique in the 1970s and used it in his world-record-setting throws. A similar method is used in discus.
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- shot putter (unhyphenated alternate spelling)
- shot put (noun)
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How is shot-putter used in real life?
The term shot-putter is the common way to refer to a competitor in the shot put. Due to the heavy weight of the shot, shot-putters are known for their strength.
When U.S. shot putter Raven Saunders is competing, she calls herself the "Hulk." On Sunday, Saunders — with the help of her "Hulk" persona — took silver in the women's shot put final. She hurled the heavy ball 19.79 meters, or nearly 65 feet. https://t.co/jNe8c9a0L2
— NPR (@NPR) August 1, 2021
Ryan Crouser, the 6-foot-7 U.S. shot putter, is head and shoulders above the field at this year’s Olympics. https://t.co/oZ4vkWNyxQ
— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) August 4, 2021
The world may know Jessica Ramsey as an American shot putter who threw a US Olympic Trials Championships Record to win the women's shot put 20.12 m (66ft.). However, CASA of Lafayette County in Oxford, Miss., knows Jessica as a passionate and dedicated CASA volunteer. pic.twitter.com/clVrRrk1VY
— CASA of Franklin Co. (@CASA_FC) July 31, 2021
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In shot put, shot-putters can throw the shot underhanded.
How to use shot-putter in a sentence
The al Qaeda-linked gunmen shot back, but only managed to injure one officer before they were taken out.
The cartoonist, better known as Charb, was shot dead Wednesday.
The gunman hardly broke stride as he nonetheless shot Merabet in the head, killing him.
A policewoman was shot dead this morning while law enforcement searched for the Charlie Lebdo killers.
“I heard them say, ‘He was shot twice,’” the father, Joseph Dossi, remembers.
There was no fighting; a rifle shot now and then from the crests where we saw our fellows clearly.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
A was an Archer, who shot at a frog; B was a Butcher, and had a great dog.
Dockier, a prominent leader of the Levelers, in the times of the English commonwealth, was shot by order of the government.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
There was not a moment to lose, for one well-directed shot might exterminate half of us.
Then, having shot nothing that day, he turned towards the Pole with a feeling of disappointment.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne