Steffi Nerius

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Steffi Nerius after winning the world title in 2009
Steffi Nerius medal table

Javelin throw

GermanyGermany Germany
Olympic games
silver 2004 Athens 64.84 m
World championships
bronze 2003 Paris 62.70 m
bronze 2005 Helsinki 65.96 m
bronze 2007 Osaka 64.42 m
gold 2009 Berlin 67.30 m
European championships
silver 2002 Munich 64.09 m
gold 2006 Gothenburg 65.82 m

Steffi Nerius (born July 1, 1972 in Bergen auf Rügen ) is a former German athlete and current trainer . She was the 2009 javelin world champion .

career path

Steffi Nerius is a qualified sports teacher with an A license from the DLV and works for TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen in disabled sports . In 2004 she looked after two athletes at the Paralympics in Athens . In 2016 she was a trainer at the Paralympics in Rio . She trains u. a. Markus Rehm .

Athletic career

Steffi Nerius began as a volleyball player and became a GDR student champion in the GDR with the team of Dynamo Saßnitz . Because she was too young for a volleyball career, she was sent to athletics . She acquired her athletic basics until 1986 at the SG Empor Saßnitz under the coach Günter Piniak . From 1987 to 1991 she started for SC Empor Rostock , then for TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen . She trained with Rudi Hars († 1996), later with Helge Zöllkau . Her mother, herself a GDR youth javelin champion and now a volleyball trainer, taught her how to throw a javelin.

In 1986 Steffi Nerius was delegated to the children's and youth sports school (from 1991 CJD Christophorus School ) in Rostock. In 1987 she came third in the GDR Children's and Youth Party in age group 14, and at the last GDR championships in 1990 she came fifth in the adult class.

In 1991 she achieved her first international success as third in the European Junior Championships. In the same year she moved from Rostock, where conditions for track and field athletes had deteriorated after the end of the GDR, to Leverkusen.

This was followed by years of stagnation, injuries and slumps at international highs. The only big success of the 1990s was the victory at the European Cup final in 1995 (68.42 m).

Her breakthrough to the top of the world came at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, where she was fourth with a width of 64.84 m.

After she has always been on the podium at major events since the European Championships in Munich in 2002 (the only German athlete who succeeded), but never at the top, she fulfilled her long-term dream on August 13, 2006 in Gothenburg and celebrated with the victory the European Championships her first major title. With 65.82 m she threw 18 cm further than the Czech Barbora Špotáková (65.64 m).

At the World Championships 2009 in Berlin, she won the gold medal with a width of 67.30 m at the end of her career.

In 2008 Nerius was awarded the Rudolf Harbig Memorial Prize by the German Athletics Association . In 2009 she was named athlete and athlete of the year in Germany.

Her personal best is 68.34 m and with the so-called old javelin 69.42 m. At a height of 1.78 meters, she had a competition weight of 72 kilograms

Success at international highlights


Web links

Commons : Steffi Nerius  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Steffi Nerius ( Memento from March 13, 2018 in the Internet Archive ), athletics trainer, on:, accessed March 12, 2018
  2. Paralympics: 18 athletes from TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the German team for Rio
  3. Sporting successes at the CJD Rostock ( memento from June 24, 2013 in the Internet Archive ), seen on May 30, 2011
  4. Steffi Nerius takes fourth place at the Olympic Games
  5. Steffi Nerius received the Leverkusen Lion