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Charles Edward Fonville (April 27, 1927 – July 13, 1994) was an American athlete from Birmingham, Alabama who set a world record in the shot put. In 1945, he was named the Michigan High School Track & Field Athlete of the Year. He won the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) shot put championship in 1947 and 1948. Competing for the University of Michigan at the Kansas Relays in April 1948, Fonville broke a 14-year-old world record, throwing the shot a foot further than the record.

Fonville was considered the favorite for the 1948 Olympic gold medal, after he won the Big Ten indoor shot put championship, but a back injury prevented him from qualifying for the Games. Fonville finished fourth, despite having broken the world record just three months earlier. After undergoing back surgery in November 1948, Fonville sat out the 1949 season, but came back in 1950 to win his third Big Ten Conference shot put championship. Fonville later became a lawyer and practiced law in Detroit, Michigan for 40 years. He was inducted into the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor in 1979, as part of the second class of inductees. Fonville died at the University of Michigan Hospital at the age of 67.