Burger Lambrechts

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Burger Lambrechts
Burger Lambrechts Istanbul 2012.jpg
Born Burger Lambrechts
3 April 1973
Phalaborwa, South Africa
Alma mater University of Pretoria

Burger Lambrechts (born 3 April 1973 in Phalaborwa) is a South African shot putter.

He attended Laerskool Nelspruit, where he was head-boy in 1986 and Hoërskool Waterkloof, where he was vice head-boy in 1991. As far as tertiary education is concerned, Lambrechts attained a BSC (Genetics) from the University of Pretoria in 1995 and a BA ("Biology") from Western Michigan University in 1996.

His international career started with a fifteenth place at the 1992 World Junior Championships. The following year he took his first national shot put title.[1] In 1994 he threw past the 19 metre mark for the first time, with 19.06 metres achieved in April in his birth city. At his first World Championships, in 1997, he reached the final and placed tenth. He only managed one valid throw.[2] In 1998 he won the gold medal at the African Championships with a throw of 19.78 metres. This was the best winning result since 1982, when Youssef Nagui Asaad threw 20.44 metres.[3] In the same year he threw 20.01 metres when winning the Commonwealth Games held in Kuala Lumpur,[4] and 20.29 metres in Johannesburg in September. Rarely competing in other athletics events, Lambrechts did throw 53.68 metres with the hammer (1996) and 58.60 with the discus (October 1998).

The following year Lambrechts led a South African clean sweep in the shot put at the All-Africa Games while fellow South Africans (Frantz Kruger, Chris Harmse and Marius Corbett) won the other three throwing events for men. Throwing 19.50 metres, this time Lambrechts beat the championship record of Youssef Nagui Asaad, which had stood at 19.48 since 1973.[5] He finished ninth at the World Championships the same year, once again with only one valid throw in the final round.[6] At the 2000 Summer Olympic Lambrechts failed to reach the final for the first time in a worldwide event. He reportedly suffered a calf injury during the competition, but still managed to achieve a distance of 19.75 meter, with which he fell just 4 centimetres short of the place in the final, which ironically went to his compatriot Janus Robberts, though Canada's Bradley Snyder was even closer with 19.77 metres.[7]

In February 2001 Lambrechts established a new South African record with 20.90 metres in Port Elizabeth. After 2001 Lambrechts didn't compete for two years, but returned to win the gold medal at the 2003 All-Africa Games, retaining the title he won four years earlier, and the silver medal at the African Championships in July 2004. The same month he achieved a lifetime best throw of 20.63 metres in Pretoria, which ranks him second in Africa behind fellow South African Janus Robberts.[8] A month later he entered the 2004 Summer Olympics. Managing only 18.67 metres, he placed fourth from the bottom.[9] He has not competed internationally since.

In 2007, at a bodyweight of 135 kg, Lambrechts became the heaviest person ever to successfully complete[10] the 250 kilometer Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon, an event billed as the toughest footrace in the world.

In 2008 the University of Pretoria inducted Lambrechts into their Hall of Fame.[11]

In 2010 Lambrechts made a return to athletics after an absence of five years and, at the age of 37, won the African Championships for the second time. His season's best performance in the shot put was 19,26 meters and in the discus 52,10 meters. He then also represented the African continent at the IAAF Continental Cup (previously known as the IAAF World Cup), where he ended 6'th. In doing so he set a new record for the longest span of appearances at the World Cup, namely 16 years (his first appearance was at the 1994 World Cup in London). The record was previously held by Tessa Sanderson, who achieved a span of 15 years between her first and last appearance.

In 2012 Lambrechts set a distance of 20.12m in the shot put in February, thereby qualifying for the World Indoor Championships and the Olympic Games (B standard). He competed at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, but injured his middle finger the day before the competition in training (he fell on his hand and chipped the bone), causing him to only reach 18.96m and end 17'th. He was the oldest person ever to compete in the men's Shot Put event at the World Indoor Championships. The South African Olympic Committee (SASCOC) didn't select Lambrechts to go to the Olympic Games, where he would have been ranked 21'st out of 41 competitors before the competition.

During the early stages of 2013 Lambrechts suffered from a foot injury, preventing him from entering any competitions, but in August he competed in the World Highland Games in Glasgow, Scotland. He won the title of World Stone Put Champion by putting a 10kg stone 14.92m and a 7.26kg stone 18.42m off a grass surface. he ended 5'th in the overall Highland Championships.

Doping case[edit]

From 2001 to 2003, he was disqualified from competition for the use of a banned substance, stanozolol.[12]

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  South Africa
1994 Commonwealth Games Victoria, Canada 6th 18.15 m
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 10th 19.39 m
1998 African Championships Dakar, Senegal 1st 19.78 m
Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1st 20.01 m
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 9th 19.29 m
All-Africa Games Johannesburg, South Africa 1st 19.50 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 14th (q) 19.75 m
2003 All-Africa Games Abuja, Nigeria 1st 18.87 m
Afro-Asian Games Hyderabad, India 2nd 18.97 m
2004 African Championships Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo 2nd 18.78 m
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 34th (q) 18.67 m
2010 African Championships Nairobi, Kenya 1st 18.63 m
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 17th (q) 18.96 m
African Championships Porto-Novo, Benin 1st 19.51 m

References[edit]

Burger Lambrechts profile at IAAF