Klaus Bodenmüller

Klaus Bodenm×¼ller
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Austria
World Indoor Championships
Silver medal - second place1991 SevilleShot put
European Indoor Championships
Gold medal - first place1990 GlasgowShot put
Bronze medal - third place1992 GenoaShot put


Klaus Bodenmüller (given birth to 6 Sept 1962) can be an Austrian previous monitor and field sportsman who competed in the shot put. He’s Austria’s greatest ever performer in the case and retains the Austrian information at 20.79 m (68 ft 2 ⁄ 2  in) outside and 21.03 m (68 ft 11 ⁄ 4  in) indoors. A silver medal on the 1991 IAAF Globe Indoor Championships produced him the initial Austrian to gain a medal at your competition. His success on the 1990 Western european Athletics Indoor Championships was the very first time an Austrian got won a Western european shot place medal of any color. He won an additional bronze medal on the 1992 Western european Athletics Indoor Championships. He was a two-time Olympian, having competed in 1988 and 1992 – he positioned 6th in the last mentioned year. At nationwide level, he earned six inside shot put titles and five outside between 1992 and 1993. He positioned within the very best twenty in the globe by efficiency in the 1987 and 1993 periods.


Early life

Given birth to in Feldkirch, Vorarlberg, he started competing in athletics at a age group, when his mom took him to a sports activities golf club when he was 9 years old. In the beginning thinking about the javelin toss, he centered on the shot place instead, where he was improving results.He gradually improved his shows over quite a few years, clearing seventeen metres in 1983 and getting beyond eighteen metres by 1985. At that time he started his military support for Austria, but a personal injury to the top in 1985 remaining him hospitalised and struggling to continue along with his training.

International and Olympic debut

It had been in 1985 that he began dealing with Jean-Pierre Egger – a trainer and two-time shot place Olympian for Switzerland. He became element of an exercise group with Werner Günthör, another Swiss shot putter. This proclaimed the start of Bodenmüller, in his mid-twenties, contending at the top notch level of the activity. The group begun to generate results the next calendar year. He gained his first nationwide title on the Austrian Indoor Championships in the beginning of the calendar year. Both Bodenmüller and Günthör competed on the 1986 Western european Athletics Championships. The Austrian created a personal greatest toss of 18.90 m (62 ft 0 in) to put 14th in the qualifying circular on his international debut, even though his Swiss partner continued to state the silver medal.Bodenmüller improved further another year, being successful the to begin his five country wide titles on the Austrian Athletics Championships. He positioned fourth on the 1987 Western european Athletics Indoor Championships using a greatest of 20.16 m (66 ft 1 ⁄ 2  in), tenth on the 1987 IAAF Globe Indoor Championships, then seventh on the 1987 Globe Championships in Athletics. He threw an Austrian record tag of 20.79 m (68 ft 2 ⁄ 2  in) in Linz, that was to be the very best outdoor functionality of his profession. He was pressed over the achievement of Günthör, who gained what will be the to begin his three globe titles in the activity. Bodenmüller ended the entire year using a second-place surface finish on the Athletissima meeting.He is at lesser type in the 1988 period, failing to exceed the twenty-metre tag. However, his greatest of the entire year – 19.70 m (64 ft 7 ⁄ 2  in) – was a sufficient amount of for the consecutive 4th place on the 1988 Euro Athletics Indoor Championships. He produced his Olympic debut that calendar year on the 1988 Seoul Video games and was removed in the qualifying circular in 16th place. He previously no major worldwide outings in 1989, but do manage a bronze medal on the Western european Cup B-final using a toss of twenty metres.

European medals

He reached his athletic top on the 1990 Euro Athletics Indoor Championships, where he caused an upset by conquering the a lot more favoured globe record holder Ulf Timmermann with an Austrian indoor record of 21.03 m (68 ft 11 ⁄ 4  in). This produced him Austria's initial European champ in the shot place and only the 3rd Austrian guy to earn a silver medal on the in house competition, after Andreas Berger and Dietmar Millonig. Outside, he regularly threw beyond nineteen metres that calendar year, with highlights getting fourth place on the Athletissima match and a tenth-place surface finish on the 1990 Western european Athletics Championships.The 1991 IAAF Globe Indoor Championships marked a higher point for the Egger training group as Bodenmüller was the silver medallist with 20.42 m (66 ft 11 ⁄ 4  in) at the rear of Günthör. It proclaimed the very first time an Austrian gained a medal of any color on the IAAF Globe Indoor Championships. Over the outdoor circuit Bodenmüller was second at Athletissima and 4th on the Weltklasse Züwealthy. His success continuing in to the 1992 period using a bronze medal on the 1992 Western european Athletics Indoor Championships. He implemented this along with his second profession Olympic appearance on the 1992 Barcelona Olympics – he very much superior his prior outing and positioned sixth in the ultimate with a tag of 20.48 m (67 ft 2 ⁄ 4  in).

Final years

Getting into his thirties, he threw a tag of 20.14 m (66 ft 0 ⁄ 4  in) in the 1993 time of year, position him among the world's best twenty. He didn't translate this type in the 1993 Globe Championships in Athletics, hardly clearing eighteen metres in the qualifiers and becoming removed as the 4th most severe performer. His teaching partner Werner Günthör continued to earn the title having a toss almost four metres better. He thought we would make it his last time of year as a specialist shot putter and made a decision to retire from athletics. That yr he won his eleventh and last Austrian shot place title in virtually any conditions in the nationwide outdoor championships.Pursuing his retirement from sports, he studied processing at university and became a software engineer. Though no more doing throws occasions, he held up his fascination with sport by firmly taking part in regional long-distance running occasions.

Personal bests

Shot put outdoor – 20.79 m (68 ft 2 ⁄ 2  in) (1987) NR Shot place indoor – 21.03 m (68 ft 11 ⁄ 4  in) (1990) NR

National titles

Austrian Athletics Championships: 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993 Austrian Indoor Championships: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992

International competitions

Year Competition Place Position Event Records Representing  Austria 1986 Euro Championships Stuttgart, Western world Germany 14th (q) Shot put 18.90 m 1987 Euro Indoor Championships Liévin, France 4th Shot place 20.16 m World Indoor Championships Indianapolis, USA 10th Shot place 18.84 m Globe Championships Rome, Italy 7th Shot place 20.41 m 1988 Euro Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 4th Shot place 19.70 m Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 16th (qualifiers) Shot put 18.89 m 1989 European Cup (B final) Brussels, Belgium 3rd Shot place 1990 European Indoor Championships Glasgow, Scotland 1st Shot place 21.03 m Western european Championships Divided, Yugoslavia 10th Shot put 19.62 m 1991 Globe Indoor Championships Seville, Spain 2nd Shot place 20.42 m 1992 Euro Indoor Championships Genoa, Italy 3rd Shot place 19.99 m Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 6th Shot put 20.48 m 1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 14th (qualifiers) Shot place 18.07 m