Steffi Nerius

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Steffi Nerius
Steffi Nerius Berlin 2009.jpg
Personal information
Born1 July 1972 (1972-07) (age 47)
Bergen auf Rügen, East Germany
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight72 kg (159 lb)
Country Germany
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Javelin throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)68.34 m (2008)

Steffi Nerius (born 1 July 1972) is a retired German track and field athlete who competed in the javelin throw. During her career, she was a European and World Champion. She also won silver at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Her personal best throw was 68.34 m, set in 2008. This ranks her second among German female javelin throwers, behind Christina Obergföll.[1][2]

Initially playing volleyball in school, Nerius later switched to athletics. She was taught the javelin throw by her mother, a former javelin thrower. Her first international success was a bronze medal at the 1991 European Junior Championships. Her first gold medal at a major competition came at the 2006 European Championships. From 2003 to 2006 she won four consecutive German Championships.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Germany
1991 European Junior Championships Thessaloniki, Greece 3rd 54.60 m1
1992 World Cup Havana, Cuba 6th 56.24 m1
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 9th 60.26 m1
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 11th 56.50 m1
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 9th 60.20 m1
1997 Universiade Catania, Italy 5th 59.80 m1
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 6th 62.08 m1
1999 Universiade Palma de Mallorca, Spain 4th 58.76 m
World Championships Seville, Spain 16th (q) 58.43 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 4th 64.84 m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 5th 62.08 m
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 2nd 64.09 m
2003 World Championships Paris, France 3rd 62.70 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 2nd 65.82 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd 65.96 m
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 1st 65.82 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 3rd 64.42 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 5th 65.29 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 1st 67.30 m

1Old model javelin


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Belarus Natalya Shikolenko
Women's Javelin Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Norway Trine Hattestad
Preceded by
Britta Steffen
German Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by
Maria Riesch