An Olympic shot put weighs 7.26 kilograms for men and 4 kilograms for women. The men's shot put is 110 to 130 millimeters in diameter. The women's shot put is 95 to 110 millimeters.
In the Olympics, 12 female competitors and 12 male competitors qualify to compete in the finals. The finalists for each gender get three shots each to determine who makes it into the top eight. When the top eight are determined, those eight each get three more shots. The person who has the longest put out of all contestants in the top eight for their gender is the winner of the Olympics.