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Bill Nieder

Full name: William Henry "Bill" Nieder
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2.5 (190 cm)
Weight: 225 lbs (102 kg)
Born: August 10, 1933 in Hempstead, New York, United States
Affiliations: US Army, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

While at Kansas, Bill Nieder won the 1955 NCAA title and the following season he became the second man in history to better 60 feet. The first man across that barrier was Parry O'Brien, and it was O'Brien who beat Nieder at the 1956 Olympics. Nieder won his only AAU title in 1956 and, although often troubled by a knee injury, he was at his best in 1960 when he improved the world record three times, leaving it at 65-10 (20.06) – history's first 20-metre put, and took the Olympic gold medal, having turned the tables on silver medalist O'Brien. Nieder was fortunate to make the 1960 Olympic team – he qualified only fourth, but was advanced to the team when alternate Dave Davis dropped out with an injury. Soon after the Rome Olympics, Bill Nieder launched a pro boxing career. It lasted one round – he was knocked out quickly in his only fight. Nieder later became an executive with the Marathon Engineering Corporation.

Personal Bests: SP – 65-10 (20.06) (1960); DT – 150-0 (45.72) (1955).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Men's Shot Put United States USA 2 Silver
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics Men's Shot Put United States USA 1 Gold OR

Men's Shot Put

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round 2 18.18
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round One NP foul
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 2 17.61 17.61
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 2 17.81 17.81
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 2 16.82 17.81
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 2 18.18 18.18
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP foul
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round 2 QU 16.76
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round One 2 16.76
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Two 2 pass 16.76
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics United States Final Round 1 OR 19.68
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round One 2 18.67
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 3 18.77 18.77
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 3 foul 18.77
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 3 18.67 18.77
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 1 OR 19.68 19.68
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP foul
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round 7 QU 17.14
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round One 7 17.14
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Two 7 pass 17.14
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
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