Dan Taylor (shot putter)

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Daniel Taylor (born 12 May 1982) is an American shot putter. He is currently sponsored by Nike. He is currently competing around the world in track and field.

High school[edit]

He attended Berkshire High School in Burton, Ohio, and was a letterman in football and track and field. In football, he garnered first team All-North East Ohio honors.

He was much more successful in track and field. In his sophomore year of high school he won the Division III state discus title with a throw of 167' 4". Taylor also holds the OHSAA Division III state discus record at 200' 11".

Taylor's best finish in the shot put in the state championship was 2nd in 1999, during this year Berkshire High School was a Division III school.[1]

His personal best throw is 21.78 metres, achieved in May 2009 in Tucson.[2]


Taylor attended The Ohio State University. He graduated in 2005 with a B.S. in Agriculture. He majored in Construction Systems Management and minored in molecular microbiology and in City and Regional Planning. While at The Ohio State University. He was a 2 time NCAA Champion, an 11 time NCAA All-American, and a 7 time Big Ten Champion.


  • All results regarding shot put, unless stated otherwise
Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
1999 World Youth Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 13th (q) Shot put (5kg) 17.58 m
5th Discus (1.5kg) 55.96 m
2003 Pan American Games Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 4th Shot put 19.69 m
2004 NACAC U-23 Championships Sherbrooke, Canada 2nd Shot put 18.73 m
2nd Hammer 63.13 m
2006 World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 4th Shot put 20.50 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 26th Shot put 19.39 m


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