Al Feuerbach

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Al Feuerbach (actually Allan Dean Feuerbach ; born January 14, 1948 in Preston, Iowa ) is a former American shot putter .

In 1971 he won the Pan American Games in Cali with 19.76 meters. At 20.72 meters, Feuerbach was fourth on the world's best list of the year at the end of 1971. In 1972 he rose to 21.52 meters and qualified for the Olympic team. At the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, he hit 21.01 meters, 17 centimeters behind Olympic champion Władysław Komar and came in fifth.

On May 5, 1973, he hit the ball to 21.82 meters, improving Randy Matson's six-year-old world record by four centimeters. This world record was broken three years later by Terry Albritton by three centimeters. Feuerbach won the US championship in 1973, 1974 and 1975 and 1978. At the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Feuerbach hit the ball to 20.55 meters and finished fourth.

He was four times US outdoor champion (1973-1975, 1978) and three times indoors (1971, 1975, 1978). In 1974 he became an AAA champion.

Al Feuerbach is 1.85 m tall and weighed 110 kg at competition times. In the Preston (950 inhabitants) High School he reached 14.58 m in the shot put (with his own body weight of only 74 kg), so he did not get a sports scholarship. He attended Emporia State University in Kansas (600 students), where there were no scholarships, so he was the only real amateur . The basis of his performances was a disproportionately large strength and speed strength: At 110 kg / 242 lb. Body weight was his best at 155 kg in snatch and 190 kg in jab, which made him runner-up in the American Weightlifting Championships . With a standing long jump of 3.78 m , he jumped 5 cm further than the world record (2015).

Personal best

Individual evidence

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  2. ^ Arnd Krüger : American sport between isolationism and internationalism. Competitive sport. 18: 1, pp. 43-47 (1988) ; 2, pp. 47-50 . February 27, 2017
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  • Manfred Holzhausen: world records and world record holder. Shot put / discus throw. Grevenbroich 2000

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