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Al Oerter

Full name: Alfred Adolph "Al" Oerter, Jr.
Gender: Male
Height: 6'4" (192 cm)
Weight: 276 lbs (125 kg)
Born: September 19, 1936 in Astoria, New York, United States
Died: October 1, 2007 in Fort Myers, Florida, United States
Affiliations: NYAC, New York (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 4 Gold (4 Total)

Biography

With four successive victories in one event, Al Oerter stands among the top of any pantheon of Olympic history. A superb competitor in major meets, he did not set his first world record until 1962, when he became the first man to throw beyond 200 feet with 200-5½ (61.10). He posted three more world records, but it was competition, not records, that motivated Al Oerter. He won the AAU title six times and was NCAA champion in 1957, sharing that title in 1958, and the Pan American Games in 1959. Oerter was favored only going into his 1960 Olympic victory, and he was never the world record holder going into the meet, nor did he ever win the U.S. Olympic Trials, but such was his competitive greatness that at three of the four meets he responded with the longest throw of his career to win the gold. He walked out of the record books into legend at Tokyo in 1964 when he threw with torn rib muscles and a pinched cervical nerve that required a neck brace. On his fifth throw, he almost had to be carried from the field because of the pain, but that throw gave him the gold medal. Oerter retired at the end of the 1969 season, but he made a comeback in 1977 and the following year set a personal best of 221-4 (67.46). Incredibly, in 1980 he placed fourth at the Olympic Trials, having earlier in the season, at the age of 43, raised his career best to 227-11 (69.47). Oerter was a systems analyst and computer engineer for an electronics firm on Long Island, and after graduation from Kansas, he competed for the New York AC.

Personal Bests: SP – 57-0i (17.37) (1958); DT – 227-11 (69.47) (1980).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Athletics Men's Discus Throw United States USA 1 Gold OR
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Men's Discus Throw United States USA 1 Gold OR
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Athletics Men's Discus Throw United States USA 1 Gold OR
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's Discus Throw United States USA 1 Gold OR

Men's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round 1 OR 56.36
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round One 1 OR 56.36
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 1 53.81 56.36
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 1 53.22 56.36
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 1 55.08 56.36
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 1 53.28 56.36
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP 54.93
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round 1 QU 51.19
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round One 1 51.19
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Two 1 pass 51.19
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics United States Final Round 1 OR 59.18
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round One 2 57.64
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 2 56.73 57.64
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 2 56.53 57.64
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 2 56.73 57.64
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 1 OR 59.18 59.18
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP 57.19
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round 1 QU/OR 58.43
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 1 OR 58.43
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round One 17 46.33
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round Two 1 OR 58.43 58.43
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP pass
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round 1 OR 61.00
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round Round One 2 57.65
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 3 58.34 58.34
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 3 55.11 58.34
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 3 54.37 58.34
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 1 OR 61.00 61.00
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP pass
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round 1 QU/OR 60.54
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round One 1 OR 60.54
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Two 1 pass 60.54
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round 1 OR 64.78
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round Round One 3 61.78
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 4 foul 61.78
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 1 64.78 64.78
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 1 OR 62.42 64.78
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 1 64.74 64.78
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP 64.04
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Qualifying Round 6 QU 59.36
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 6 59.36
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round One 6 59.36
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 6 pass 59.36
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP pass