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Marco Fortes in 2011
|Born||September 26, 1982|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||135 kg (298 lb)|
|Updated on 15 August 2012.|
Marco Fortes (born 26 September 1982 in Lisbon) is a male shot putter from Portugal. His personal best throw is 21.02 meters (Portugal national record), achieved in June at the 2012 European Cup Winter Throwing in Bar, Montenegro, where he won the gold medal. He represents S.L. Benfica.
At the age of 25, he was the first Portuguese shot putter to participate in the Olympics. In Beijing 2008, after beating his personal (and national) record (18.05) he jokingly stated "I seem to perform better in the afternoon. Apparently I'd do better to remain in bed on mornings.". In response, he was expelled from the Olympic committee. This spawned controversy, especially when Nelson Évora, who was the only Portuguese athlete to earn olympic gold that year, protested against his expulsion upon his victory speech on national TV.
Marco Fortes carried on beating his personal (and national) records, arriving at 20.52 in 2009, 20.89 in 2011, and 21,02 in 2012. In his second participation in the Olympics, in London 2012, he rose from his 2008 classification of 38th place to 15th place.