Ria Stalman

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Ria Stalman
Ria Stalman 1982b.jpg
Ria Stalman in 1982
Personal information
Born (1951-12-11) 11 December 1951 (age 67)
Delft, the Netherlands
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight82 kg (181 lb)
SportDiscus throw, shot put
ClubSparta, Den Haag

Maria "Ria" Geertruida Stalman (born 11 December 1951) is a retired discus thrower and shot putter from the Netherlands.


She won the gold medal in the discus throw at the 1984 Summer Olympics,[1] which earned her the Dutch Sportswoman of the year award the same year.[2] Between 1973 and 1983 she won medals, including 15 gold, in the discus throw and shot put at every national championships.

Stalman went to Arizona State University, where she was on the track and field team. She retired shortly after the 1984 Olympics to work as a journalist and athletics commentator with Eurosport.[3]

In early 2016, Stalman admitted in a TV interview that she had been using doping when she won her 1984 gold medal.[4] The results and records remain, because the offense is too old to prosecute.

In July 1984 she achieved her best discus throw of 71.22 m. This remained the Dutch record[3] until November 2016, when the Royal Dutch Athletics Federation annulled the record due to doping violations.[5]


  1. ^ Ria Stalman. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Sportvrouw van het jaar. nocnsf.nl
  3. ^ a b Jeroen Heijmans (8 August 2007) Nederlands goud (43) Archived 26 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine. sportgeschiedenis.nl
  4. ^ Olympisch kampioene Stalman bekent dopinggebruik Volkskrant.nl Retrieved 8 January 2016
  5. ^ "Atletiekunie neemt Stalman Nederlands record af" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Omroep Stichting. November 21, 2016. Retrieved November 22, 2016.

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Preceded by
Conny van Bentum
Dutch Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by
Bettine Vriesekoop