Raphaël Piolanti

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Raphaël Piolanti (born 14 November 1967 in Metz) is a retired male hammer thrower from France. His personal best throw is 79.68 metres, achieved in September 1992 in Bourgoin-Jallieu. This was a French record at that time.

Piolanti is now president and coach in Athletic Club Amneville – the athletic club he has been in his entire career. He has trained several high calibre throwers at the club including Jerome Bortoluzzi, Maxime Maier, Quentin Bigot, and Bruno Boccalate.

In July 2014 he was accused of supporting the doping of athletes, including Quentin Bigot.[1]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  France
1985 European Junior Championships Cottbus, East Germany 9th 60.90 m
1986 World Junior Championships Athens, Greece 4th 68.26 m
1989 Jeux de la Francophonie Casablanca, Morocco 1st 73.16 m
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 14th 72.50 m
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 8th 73.64 m
Mediterranean Games Athens, Greece 1st 75.10 m
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 16th 73.22 m
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 10th 75.88 m
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 9th 75.98 m
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 11th 75.24 m
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 11th 74.08 m
Mediterranean Games Bari, Italy 2nd 77.20 m
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 22nd 74.23 m
2001 Mediterranean Games Radès, Tunisia 3rd 71.52 m
Jeux de la Francophonie Ottawa-Hull, Canada 3rd 72.71 m