Adam Nelson

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Adam Nelson, Osaka 2007
Nelson at the 2011 World Championships

Adam Nelson (born July 7, 1975 in Atlanta ) is a former American shot putter . He became world champion in 2005 and subsequently Olympic champion in 2004.


Characteristic of his eccentric behavior in competition was the opposite approach to the kick-off area and the lightning-fast throwing away of his jersey before he entered the shot put ring. He offered the spectators a special spectacle, which was rewarded for the first time in 2005 at the World Championships in Helsinki with winning a title in international competitions.

Before that he finished second several times: at the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000 and in the Games in Athens in 2004 , he won the silver medal. At the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton and the 2003 World Championships in Paris, he was also a silver medalist. At the 2007 World Championships in Osaka he had to be satisfied with a second place.

At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing , he failed to make a valid attempt after a strain in the final. In Berlin he came in fifth at the 2009 World Championships and in 2011 in Daegu he came eighth. In 2012 Nelson tried to qualify for his fourth Olympic Games, but failed in the US Trials.

In December 2012, the IOC withdrew the medal from 2004 Olympic champion Jurij Bilonoh for doping . Adam Nelson subsequently became Olympic champion, who at the same time announced his retirement from competitive sports.

Adam Nelson had a competition weight of 115 kg with a height of 1.83 m.

Personal best

  • Shot put: 22.51 meters on May 18, 2002 in Portland

Web links

Commons : Adam Nelson  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files


  1. ^ Peter Grau: Adam Nelson relies on the oracle of Nordhausen , January 12, 2012
  2. ^ Ed Gordon: World record for Eaton, dramatic wins for Jeter and Harper in Eugene - US Olympic Trials, Day 2 , IAAF June 24, 2012
  3. ^ IOC Media Relations Team: IOC disqualifies four medallists from Athens 2004 following further analysis of stored samples ( English ) IOC . December 5, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
  4. Christian Fuchs: Adam Nelson- Olympic gold to resign? , December 6, 2012