Dylan Armstrong

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Dylan Armstrong
Personal information
Nationality Canadian
Born (1981-01-15) January 15, 1981 (age 33)
Kamloops, British Columbia
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[1]
Weight 306 pounds (139 kg; 21.9 st)[1]
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Shot put, Hammer throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) Shotput: 22.21 NR, Calgary, 2011[2]

Dylan Armstrong (born January 15, 1981) is a Canadian shot putter born and raised in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. Armstrong is the reigning Commonwealth Games and Pan American Games champion and has also won a world championship silver medal in the shotput event. In addition, he holds the Canadian national record, the Commonwealth games record, and the Pan American Games record for shotput. With his World Championship medal Armstrong was the first Canadian to reach the podium in a throwing event in the international competition.


Prior to focusing on the shot put in 2004, Armstrong competed in the hammer throw.[2] As a junior, he won a gold medal at the 1999 Pan American Junior Games and a silver medal at the 2000 World Junior Championships. He continues to hold the North American high school and junior records in the hammer throw. His personal best is 71.51 meters, achieved in April 2003 in Walnut.

Armstrong achieved a personal best, and Canadian record at that time, of 21.04 meters at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where he finished fourth, missing out on a medal by a single centimeter. He is a five-time Canadian national champion in the shot put. Armstrong currently trains with coach Anatoliy Bondarchuk in his home town of Kamloops, British Columbia.

28 years after former Canadian national champion Bruno Pauletto won gold at the 1982 Commonwealth Games Armstrong succeeded in reiterating that performance at the 2010 edition of the Games, placing first with a Commonwealth record of 21.02 m.[3][4] At the 2010 World Indoor Championship, in Doha, Qatar, Dylan placed fourth with a Canadian indoor record of 21.39 m.[5] He improved his outdoor national record to 21.58 m at the Askina Meeting in Baunatal, Germany, beating Ralf Bartels to the victory.[6]

His first true world success came at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics when he won the silver at the outdoor event for shotput. He threw a 21.64 before David Storl of Germany beat him with a 21.78 on his last throw.[7] Armstrong next attended the 2011 Pan American Games, there he went on to win gold and broke the Pan American Games record with a 21.30.[8] Armstrong finished off the year by winning the Diamond League title in shotput.[9]

As one of Canada's leading medal favorites and only medal favorite in athletics, Armstrong had set a season's best of 21.50 heading into the 2012 Summer Olympics.[9] There he finished 5th, falling short of a medal.[10]

Prior to the beginning of the 2013 World Athletics Championships, Armstrong was awarded the bronze medal from the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships after Andrei Mikhnevich's positive drug test and subsequent forfeiture of his silver medal.[11] The IAAF has yet to rule on whether Armstrong will receive the bronze medal as well from the 2008 Olympics where he just missed the podium behind Mikhnevich. In an interview regarding the possible return of the medal Armstrong stated that "I worked hard for it, and I want it back...It's my country's medal too, we deserve it."[12]

After the awarding of his indoor medal, Armstrong began competition at the 2013 World Championships. After qualifying with a throw 21.09 m he went into the finals where he tossed a season's best 21.34 m. Armstrong acknowledge the importance of sport funding as a result of what was Canada's fourth medal at the World Championships, tying a record from the 1995 World Championships. He said that "I just feel amazing. My coach and I worked really hard, I made some really good choices this year. It's another medal for Canada, it shows that when you have the right coaches in place, the right support and the funding behind it that it's going to pay off. You have to invest in sport, results don't come for free."[13]


Armstrong currently lives in Kamloops and trains there at the nearby National Throws Centre.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Canada
2000 World Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 2nd Hammer 67.50 m
2001 Jeux de la Francophonie Ottawa, Canada 3rd Shot put 17.57 m
7th Hammer 64.91 m
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 31st (q) Hammer 63.89 m
2007 Pan American Games Rio, Brazil 1st Shot 20.10 m
World Championships Osaka, Japan 8th Shot 20.23 m
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 14th (q) Shot 19.56 m
Olympic Games Beijing, China 4th Shot 21.04 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 16th (q) Shot 19.86 m
World Athletics Final Thessaloniki, Greece 7th Shot 19.61 m
2010 World Indoor Championship Doha, Qatar 3rd Shot 21.39 m
2010 Commonwealth Games Delhi, India 1st Shot 21.02 m
2011 World Championship Daegu, South Korea 2nd Shot 21.64 m
Pan American Games Guadalajara, Mexico 1st Shot 21.30 m
2012 World Indoor Championship Istanbul, Turkey 9th (q) Shot 19.84 m
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 5th Shot 20.93 m
2013 World Championship Moscow, Russia 3rd Shot 21.34 m

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