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Alfred Oerter - Famous Athlete


Full Name: Alfred Adolf Oerter, Jr.; also known as Al Oerter

Date of Birth: 19 th September, 1936

Country: The United States of America

Sport involved in: Athletics—Discuss throw

Achievements made:

•  Gold medalist in the discuss throw at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games

•  Winner of the 1959 Pan-American title in discuss throw

•  Winner of gold medal in the discuss throw event at the 1960 Rome Summer Games

•  Gold medal winner in the discuss throw event at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games

•  Gold medalist in the discuss throw event at the 1968 Mexico City Summer Games

Career: Alfred Oerter started his athletic career at the age of 15. Oerter participated at the first Olympics of his career in 1956. In the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games , he made an Olympic record by throwing discuss at a distance of 184 feet 11 inches or 56.36 meter. Oerter won his first Olympic title in the competition. In 1957, he had a near fatal automobile accident. However Oerter recovered from his injury and returned to the sport in the 1960 Rome Olympics . In the Games, Oerter won his second Olympic gold medal setting yet another Olympic record. This time his throw covered a distance of 194 feet 2 inches or 59.18 meter. Oerter set the first world record of his career in 1962 by throwing discuss at a distance more than 200 feet. He suffered greatly due to injuries before the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games . In spite of the severe he was suffering from, Oerter set a new Olympic record and won his third gold medal in the event at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games. In the 1968 Mexico City Summer Games , Oerter won another gold medal in the event. With his achievements in the Olympics, Oerter became the first athlete in the history of Olympics to win four consecutive gold medals in the track and field events. Following the 1968 Olympics, Oerter retired from the sport at the age of 32. Later he attempted to qualify in the U.S. team for the 1980 Moscow Olympics, where he finished forth. However, he set a new world record in 1980 by throwing discuss at a distance of 227 feet 10.75 inches or 69.46 meter.

Performance at the Olympics: Alfred Oerter competed in the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games at an age of 20. He was the first athlete to win four consecutive Olympic titles. In the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games , Oerter made won his first Olympic gold medal in the discuss throw event. In the competition, he set an Olympic record by throwing discuss at a distance of 184 feet 11 inches or 56.36 meter. In his next Olympic appearance in the 1960 Rome Summer Games , he became the gold medalist in the event for the second time defeating the world record holder Rink Babka. This time he set another Olympic record by throwing discuss at a distance of 194 feet 2 inches or 59.18 meter. Oerter won his third Olympic title in the discuss throw event at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games . During the competition, he replaced his previous Olympic record with a throw of 61.00 meter. In the 1968 Mexico City Summer Games , Oerter defeated his teammate Jay Silvester and won the fourth Olympic title of his career. Oerter's first throw in the competition covered a distance of 64.78 meter, with which he set a new Olympic record.

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