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Dave Laut

Full name: David Lester "Dave" Laut
Gender: Male
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
Weight: 251 lbs (114 kg)
Born: December 21, 1956 in Findlay, Ohio, United States
Died: August 27, 2009 in Oxnard, California, United States
Affiliations: Athletics West, Eugene (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Dave Laut was a shot putter who competed at the 1984 Olympics, although he likely would also have competed in Moscow in 1980, save for the USA-led boycott. Laut attended UCLA where he won two NCAA shot put titles. He won four US Championships with the shot – 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, as well as winning the 1984 Olympic Trials, and setting an American record of 22.02 [72-3] in 1982. In 1979 he was a gold medalist at the Pan American Games, and he competed four other times internationally for the US – 1979/1981/1985 World Cups, placing third in 1981, and at the 1983 World Championships in Helsinki, where he placed fourth. Laut was ranked second in the world in 1982 and third in 1979 and 1983. He eventually became a track coach in high school, at Ventura College, and later an athletic director at Hueneme High School in California. Laut was killed in August 2009 at his home in Oxnard, California, when police responded to reports of a shooting and he was found on the lawn of his home with multiple gunshot wounds, at first thought to be the victim of a robbery attempt. But his wife later confessed to shooting him, claiming self-defense and that she had been a long-time victim of spousal abuse.

Personal Best: SP – 22.02 [72-3] (1982).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics Men's Shot Put United States USA 3 Bronze

Men's Shot Put

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round 3 20.97
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round Round One 4 20.12
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 4 18.39 20.12
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 4 foul 20.12
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 4 20.03 20.12
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 3 20.31 20.31
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP 20.97
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics United States Qualifying Round 5 QU 20.01
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 3 20.01
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round One 3 20.01
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 3 pass 20.01
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP pass