Marco Fortes

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Marco Fortes
Marco Fortes Daegu 2011.jpg
Marco Fortes in 2011
Personal information
Born (1982-09-26) September 26, 1982 (age 32)
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Weight 135 kg (298 lb)
Country  Portugal
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Shot put
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.".[1] 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.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Portugal
2001 European Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 3rd Shot put (6 kg) 17.86 m
2003 European U23 Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 12th Shot put 17.61 m
2004 Ibero-American Championships Huelva, Spain 7th Shot put 17.01 m
2006 Lusophony Games Macau 1st Shot put 17.73 m
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 20th (q) Shot put 17.96 m
Olympic Games Beijing, China 38th (q) Shot put 18.05 m
2009 European Indoor Championships Turin, Italy 14th (q) Shot put 19.00 m
Lusophony Games Lisbon, Portugal 1st Shot put 19.74 m
World Championships Berlin, Germany 18th (q) Shot put 19.81 m
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 13th (q) Shot put 19.48 m
Ibero-American Championships San Fernando, Spain 1st Shot put 20.69 m (CR/NR)
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 8th Shot put 19.83 m
European Cup Winter Throwing Sofia, Bulgaria 2nd Shot put 20.18 m
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 6th Shot put 20.32 m
2012 World Indoor Championship Istanbul, Turkey 10th (q) Shot put 19.83 m
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 5th Shot put 20.24 m
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 15th Shot put 20.06 m
2013 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 5th Shot put 20.02 m
World Championships Moscow, Russia 16th (q) Shot put 19.38 m
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 11th (q) Shot put 20.12 m
European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 7th Shot put 20.35 m


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