Steffi Nerius

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Steffi Nerius
Steffi Nerius Berlin 2009.jpg
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Germany
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2004 Athens Javelin
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2009 Berlin Javelin
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Paris Javelin
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Helsinki Javelin
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Osaka Javelin
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2006 Göteborg Javelin
Silver medal – second place 2002 Munich Javelin

Steffi Nerius (born 1 July 1972 in Bergen auf Rügen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) is a German athlete competing in the javelin throw. She won silver at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and is the 2009 World Champion; she is also a three-time bronze medalist at that level.

Initially playing volleyball in school, she was too short for a career in this sport and switched to athletics instead. She was taught javelin throw by her mother, a former javelin thrower. Her first international success was a third place at the 1991 Junior's European Championships. Her first major gold medal came at the 2006 European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg. From 2003 to 2006 she won four consecutive national championships.

Her personal best throw is 68.34 metres, achieved on 31 August 2008 in Elstal. This ranks her second among German javelin throwers, behind Christina Obergföll.[1] The throw also marked a world's best for javelin throwers elder than 35.[2]


Steffi Nerius (left) and Christina Obergföll celebrating their third and second-place finishes at the 2007 IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Osaka.
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