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Randy Barnes

Full name: Eric Randolph "Randy" Barnes
Gender: Male
Height: 6-4.5 (195 cm)
Weight: 291 lbs (132 kg)
Born: June 16, 1966 in Charleston, West Virginia, United States
Affiliations: Texas A&M Aggies, College Station, Texas (USA) / NYAC, New York (USA) / Goldwin Track Club, Boulder (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Randy Barnes threw the shot at the 1988 and 1996 Olympics, winning a silver medal in 1988 and a gold medal in 1996. He also won two medals at the World Championships, with a silver in 1993 and a bronze in 1995. He was a four-time US Champion (1989, 1993, 1996-97) and won the US Olympic Trials in both 1988 and 1996.

In May 1990, at a meet in Los Angeles, Barnes threw the shot 23.12 metres (75-10¼), which, as of early 2017, remains the world record. Shortly after that throw, however, Barnes tested positive for anabolic steroids and served a 27-month drug ban, which prevented him from competing at the 1992 Olympics. He returned in 1993, however, to later win the 1996 Olympic gold medal, only to test positive again in 1998, this time for androstenedione, for which he was banned for life.

Barnes attended Texas A&M University. After his shot put career ended he became a long driving competitor in golf, qualifying for the World Long Drive Championships in 2005.

Personal Best: SP – 23.12 (1990).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Athletics Men's Shot Put United States USA 2 Silver OR
1996 Summer 30 Atlanta Athletics Men's Shot Put United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Shot Put

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round 2 OR 22.39
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round Round One 5 20.17
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 4 20.72 20.72
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 4 foul 20.72
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 4 21,31 21,31
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 4 21.01 21.01
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP OR 22.39
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round 3 QU 20.83
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 2 20.83
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round One 3 20.16
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 2 20.83 20.83
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP pass
1996 Summer 30 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round 1 21.62
1996 Summer 30 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round Round One 6T 19.46
1996 Summer 30 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 3 20.44 20.44
1996 Summer 30 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 3 foul 20.44
1996 Summer 30 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 4 20.26 20.44
1996 Summer 30 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 6 20.32 20.44
1996 Summer 30 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP 21.62
1996 Summer 30 Atlanta Athletics United States Qualifying Round 4 QU 20.42
1996 Summer 30 Atlanta Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 2 20.42
1996 Summer 30 Atlanta Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round One NP foul
1996 Summer 30 Atlanta Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 3 19.70 19.70
1996 Summer 30 Atlanta Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP 20.42
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