Duncan Fuller Atwood (born October 11, 1955 in Seattle, Washington) is a former American athlete who twice won a gold medal in the javelin throw at the Pan American Games: in 1979 and 1987. Atwood set his personal best (78.92 metres) on August 29, 1987 in Rome, Italy, during the qualification round at the World Championships.
Atwood qualified for the 1980 U.S. Olympic team but did not compete due to the U.S. Olympic Committee's boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, Russia. He was one of 461 athletes to receive a Congressional Gold Medal instead. He competed for his native country at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, finishing in 11th place.
In August 1985 Atwood tested positive for a prohibited stimulant at a competition in Koblenz, Germany. He was subsequently banned for life by IAAF for the anti-doping rule violation. At the time IAAF banned athletes for life for the first doping offence, but the athlete could apply to have the ban reduced, something IAAF would routinly grant. Atwood got his ban reduced and was able to compete again in 1987.
|Representing the United States|
|1979||Pan American Games||San Juan, Puerto Rico||1st||84.16 m|
|1984||Olympic Games||Los Angeles, United States||11th||78.10 m|
|1987||Pan American Games||Indianapolis, United States||1st||78.68 m|
|World Championships||Rome, Italy||12th||72.54 m|
Seasonal bests by year
- 1979 - 84.16 m
- 1987 - '78.92
- 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.
- William R. Barnard: Shot put suffers following drug scandal, The Courier, 24 August 1983
- IAAF may lift two bans, but others ousted, Eugene Register-Guard, 22 February 1986
- Duncan Atwood profile at IAAF
- "Duncan Atwood". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2012-11-04.
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