Remigius Machura

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Remigius Machura (Czech pronunciation: [ˈremɪɡɪjus ˈmaxura]) (born July 3, 1960 in Rychnov nad Kněžnou) is a retired shot putter who represented Czechoslovakia. His career highlights include a bronze medal at the first World Championships and a gold medal at the first World Indoor Championships. He also represented his country at the 1988 Summer Olympics where he finished fifth. His personal best put of 21.93 metres puts him 20th in the all-time performers list and he remains the Czech record holder in the event indoors and outdoors.

He was banned from the sport for life in 1985 for using Stanozolol, but this ruling was overturned just two years later. After retirement, Machura openly admitted to using banned substances throughout his career. In 2000, an investigation headed by Dr. Jan Hnizdil revealed a secret state-sponsored doping programme in 1980s Czechoslovakia. Elite athletes were forced into doping, known as the "Program of Specialized Care", and Machura acknowledged that he had been a participant and claimed a number of other prominent Czechoslovakian athletes were also involved.[1]

Machura has a son, also named Remigius Machura, who is a shot putter as well.[2] In September 2010 he got 2-year doping ban. [3]

Major achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Czechoslovakia
1982 European Indoor Championships Milan, Italy 3rd
European Championships Athens, Greece 3rd 20.59 m
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd 20.98 m
1985 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 1st
European Indoor Championships Athens, Greece 1st
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 4th 21.39 m
1988 European Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st
Summer Olympics Seoul, South Korea 5th 20.57 m

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Sliva, Jan (2000-02-10). Czech authorities admit to secret doping program. Slam Sports. Retrieved on 2010-05-21.
  2. ^ Machura Remigius. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-05-21.
  3. ^ Machura gets 2-year doping ban. CNN

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