Brian Diemer

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Brian Lee Diemer (born 10 October 1961 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is a former American track and field athlete, who mainly competed in the 3000 metre steeplechase during his career. He was high school state champion in the mile while running at South Christian High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1983 after winning the NCAA Indoor Track and Field 2 mile championship, held in nearby Detroit. He won the outdoor 1983 NCAA 3000m Steeplechase in a time of 8:26.95.

He competed for the United States in the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, United States in the 3000 metre steeplechase where he won the bronze medal in a career best time of 8:14.06. He ran in the 1988 Summer Olympics, finishing seventh in his semi final. He made his third Olympic team in 1992, going on to qualify for the final, where he finished seventh (in 8:18.77). He had fine showings at both World Championships in which he participated, finishing fourth in the 1987 World Championships in Athletics (in 8:14.46) and fifth at the 1991 World Championships in Athletics (in 8:17.76). Diemer won three The Athletics Congress (TAC) and U.S. Track and Field (USATF) championships over that time (1988, 1989, and 1990). In 1989 he received the Glenn Cunningham Award as the outstanding American male distance runner for the year.

He now coaches at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and has coached the Knights to four national championships.

He and his wife, Kerri, have four children: Kelsey, Kaitlin, Mackenzie, and Matthew, and a dog named Jackson, all of whom have followed in his athletic footsteps. Kaitlin recently competed in the NCAA Division III 2010 Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 4x400 meter relay.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing the  United States
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 3rd 8:14.06
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 4th 8:14.46
1990 Goodwill Games Seattle, United States 1st 8:32.24
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 5th 8:18.29
1995 1995 Pan American Games Mar del Plata, Argentina 2nd 8:30.58