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Shot put is a popular sport which has been around for more 2,000 years. This game got its name because it involves the throwing (putting) of the ball which is called the shot. Since 1896, this sport has been a part of Olympic Games. This sport was included in the Olympic program at 1896 Athens Summer Games. After 1896 games, this game has been played regularly at every summer games. There are different styles used in Shot put and the current ones are, the glide and the spin.
Certain rules have been set up by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) for track and field events like shot put which are followed in all international competitions.
As per IAAF guidelines, the ball should weigh no less than 7.260 kg for men and 4 kg for women, as of 2010. At the high school level in the United States, the ball weighs 6 kg for men and 3 kg for women.