Al Feuerbach

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Al Feuerbach
Al Feuerbach 1974b.jpg
Al Feuerbach in 1974
Personal information
Born (1948-01-14) January 14, 1948 (age 70)
Preston, Iowa, United States
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 120 kg (265 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Shot put, discus throw
Club Pacific Coast Club, Long Beach
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) SP – 21.82 m (1973)
DT – 54.30 m (1970)

Allan "Al" Dean Feuerbach (born January 14, 1948) is a former American track and field athlete. He competed in the shot put at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics and finished in fifth and fourth place, respectively. He missed the 1980 Games due to the boycott by the United States. He did however receive one of 461 Congressional Gold Medals created especially for the spurned athletes.[1]

On May 5, 1973, he broke Randy Matson's seven-year-old world record in the shot put by throwing 21.82 meters (71' 7") at the San Jose Invitational at San Jose State College.[2] Just weeks later, competing in a different sport, olympic-style weight lifting, he finished second in the heavyweight division at the U.S. weightlifting championships. Feuerbach currently works as a freelance audio technologist.

He was a four time American champion in the shot put,[3] plus he added three indoor championships[4] and a AAA Championships.

In 2016, he was elected into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.[5]


  1. ^ Caroccioli, Tom; Caroccioli, Jerry. Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Highland Park, IL: New Chapter Press. pp. 243–253. ISBN 978-0942257403. 
  2. ^ Al Feuerbach.
  3. ^ USA Track & Field – USA Outdoor Track & Field Champions. Retrieved on 2015-07-17.
  4. ^ USA Track & Field – USA Indoor Track & Field Champions. Retrieved on 2015-07-17.
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Preceded by
United States Randy Matson
Men's shot put world record holder
May 5, 1973 – February 21, 1976
Succeeded by
United States Terry Albritton