Participants

Damien BIRKINHEAD

Damien BIRKINHEAD
    Athletics
Birth Date:  08 Apr 1993
Place of Birth:  WHITTINGTON
Country of birth:  AUS
Age:  25
Gender:   Men
Height (cm):  190
Weight (Kg):  140

Events and Medals


Sport Event Rank
ATH Athletics Men's Shot Put 5

Damien BIRKINHEAD - Schedule


Schedule
Time Event Status
Sun, 8 Apr 16:35
Men's Shot Put Qualifying Round - Group B
Finished
Mon, 9 Apr 20:25
Gold Medal Event Men's Shot Put Final
Finished

Biographical Information


Highlights
Commonwealth Games
YearLocationEventRankResult
2014 Glasgow, SCO Men's Shot Put 5 19.59

Olympic Games
YearLocationEventRankResult
2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Men's Shot Put 10 20.45

World Championships
YearLocationEventRankResult
2017 London, GBR Men's Shot Put 20 19.90

Nickname: Damo, Corio Colossus (because he looks like the character from the film Rob Roy). (spikes.iaaf.org, 06 May 2016; olympics.com.au, Aug 2016)
Hobbies

Being lazy, internet, woodwork (vis.org.au, 2016; spikes.iaaf.org, 06 May 2016)


Occupation: Student
Education: Civil engineering at Deakin University, Geelong, VIC, Australia. (Olympics.com.au, May 2016)
Languages spoken: English
Coach

PERSONAL: Scott MARTIN (AUS) from 2012 (Olympics.com.au, May 2016)


Injuries

Body not properly conditioned for rigours of shot putting when he began the sport and now believes it is his technique that makes him competitive. "When I started out, I could barely stand on one leg, I had no core strength. I suffered a lot with injuries, but fixed my issues by working with physios on my strength and conditioning. My strength would be my power. I'm not the strongest or the fastest thrower but I do have a bit of power behind me." (spikes.iaaf.org, 06 May 2016) Hip injury forced him to miss the later portion of domestic season, including Australian championships and Olympic trials. (athletics.org.au, May 2017)


Reason: His uncle, who was president of Corio Athletics Club, invited him to try it. "I couldn't really kick or pass a ball but I always knew I could lift heavier things than the other kids." (spikes.iaaf.org, 06 May 2016)
Ambition: Target distance is the Australian record of 21.26m held by his coach Scott MARTIN. (olympics.com.au, 13 Feb 2016)
Additional information

CLEAN SWEEP
BIRKINHEAD holds Australian U16, U18 and U20 shot put records, and is 5cm short of open record held by his coach Scott MARTIN. (athletics.org.au, May 2017)


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Legend

Gold: Gold
Silver: Silver
Bronze: Bronze
Gold Medal Event: Gold Medal Event
Bronze Medal Event: Bronze Medal Event

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