Ralf Bartels of Germany told the press in the mixed zone that he knew he was ready for a throw of 21 plus meters. In his first round, he threw 19.74m, then 20.80m, to take the lead, then, in round 4, he threw 21.16 meters! He fouled in round five and in round six threw 21.09m, but the fourth round gave him the gold!
In second, David Storl of Germany used his third attempt to hit 20.75m for the silver medal. In third, Maksim Sidorov hit 20.55m in his third attempt, and did not improve on that. Nezdad Mulabegovic of Croatia threw 20.45 in round five, for a National record, and Marco Schmidt of Germay gave the Germans three in the top five, with his throw of 20.29m.
At the end of the day, though, it was Ralf Bartels, the grand man of the German shot put, who added another medal to his already glowing medal collection!