Knut Hjeltnes (athlete)
Knut Hjeltnes (born December 8, 1952) is a college coach and former athlete from Norway.
He was ranked 2nd through 7th in the World in the Discus for twelve years from 1976-1988.
He was a 4-Time Olympian in Track & Field (76, 80-boycott, 84 & 88). His best Olympic placings were two 7th places in 1976 and 1988, and a 4th place in 1984. His best World Championship placing is 9th in 1983. His best European Championship placing is 4th in 1986. He still holds the Norwegian national record with 69.62 metres, achieved in 1986. He attended Western Maryland College, Penn State University and BYU, receiving a BS degree and a Masters from BYU. While attending BYU, he was coached by the legendary, world record holder Jay Silvester.
As a Masters Athlete, he has an All Time World ranking of 8th in the men's 35-39 (2 kg.) class.
Hjeltnes coached athletes at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY from 1999 until 2013. While coaching at USMA West Point, his athletes produced 40 Patriot League Championships, 3 NCAA All-Americans, 30 NCAA Regional Qualifiers, and 2 Academic All-Americans.
Hjeltnes tested positive for anabolic steroids in 1977 and was banned from sports for one year. He was the first Norwegian ever to test positive. Hjeltnes publicly admitted to have been doping and he also cooperated with Jan Hedenstad to write a book about it, called Dopet ('Doped'), published in 1979 (ISBN 8205120021).
|1988||Olympic Games||Seoul, South Korea||7th||Discus||64.94 m|
|1984||Olympic Games||Los Angeles, California||4th||Discus||65.28 m|
|1976||Olympic Games||Montreal, Canada||7th||Discus||63.06 m|
|1986||European Athletics Championships||Stuttgart, West Germany||4th||Discus||65.60 m|
|1983||World Championships||Helsinki, Finland||9th||Discus||62.26 m|
- Norwegian records in athletics
- Rolf Bryhn and Knut Are Tvedt: Kunnskapsforlagets idrettsleksikon, 1990 Kunnskapsforlaget, p. 134
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