David Storl facts for kids
Storl in 2015
|Born||July 27, 1990
Rochlitz, East Germany
|Sport||Track and field|
|Club||SC DHfK Leipzig|
|Coached by||Sven Lang|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||22.20 m
22.73 m (6 kg)
David Storl (born 27 July 1990) is a German track and field athlete who specialises in the shot put. He was successful on the youth and junior athletics circuit, winning gold medals at the World Youth Championships and World Junior Championships. Storl won his first senior medal, a silver, at the 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships.
He held the world junior record of 22.73 m with the 6 kg shot. His personal best with the senior implement is 22.20 m.
He won the gold medal in the shot put competition at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, and the Silver Medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Storl is one of only nine athletes (along with Valerie Adams, Usain Bolt, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jacques Freitag, Yelena Isinbayeva, Kirani James, Jana Pittman, and Dani Samuels) to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event.
Storl uses the glide technique for shot putting.
Storl first became involved in athletics as a child when his grandfather suggested he join the local club, VfL Rochlitzer Berg. Initially a decathlon specialist, the death of his personal coach in 2006 led him to focus exclusively on the shot put and discus throwing events. At the age of 16, he won the gold medal at the 2007 World Youth Championships with a personal best and German under-18 record throw of 21.40 metres (using the lighter 5 kg shot for youths).
The following year he competed with the 6 kg junior implement and won the shot put title at the 2008 World Junior Championships in Athletics with a mark of 21.08 m, which made him the fourth-best junior of all time. In 2009, he began using the full senior weight (7.26 kg) in the indoor season and achieved a best of 19.48 m. Returning to the junior 6 kg shot in the outdoor season, he became the first ever junior athlete to throw beyond 22 metres in Mannheim, setting consecutive world junior records of 22.18 m and then 22.34 m. A month later he increased this mark to 22.73 m in Osterode (putting some distance between himself and the Edis Elkasevic's former record of 21.96 m), and went on to win the 2009 European Junior title with a championships record of 22.40 m. Having placed third at the 2009 German Athletics Championships and achieved the senior international "A" standard with a personal best throw of 20.43 m, he was selected for the 2009 World Championships in Athletics in Berlin. He ended his first senior international appearance in 15th place in the qualifying rounds.
The 2010 season was his first as a senior athlete and he was runner-up at the Indoor and Outdoor German Championships. At the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, he came seventh while compatriot Ralf Bartels won the bronze. Storl represented Germany at the 2010 European Athletics Championships and managed fourth place. That year he achieved senior personal bests of 20.77 m both outdoors and indoors. He defeated Bartels to win the German indoor title in 2011, but the places were reversed at the 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships, although Storl's silver medal was his first major senior medal.
He surpassed the 21-metre mark in Gothenburg in June with a throw of 21.03 m and topped the podium at both the 2011 European Team Championships and 2011 European Athletics U23 Championships, setting championship records of 20.81 m and 20.45 m in the process. With Bartels not competing, Storl won his first outdoor senior national title in July. He added to his best mark with a throw of 21.05 m at the Weltklasse hinterm Deich meeting.
On 12 August 2014, Storl won his second successive European Athletics Championships gold medal with a throw of 21.42m.
Storl surpassed the 22-metre mark on 9 July 2015 in Lausanne with a winning throw of 22.20m, making it his new personal best.
|2007||World Youth Championships||Ostrava, Czech Republic||1st||Shot put (5 kg)||21.40 m|
|2008||World Junior Championships||Bydgoszcz, Poland||1st||Shot put (6 kg)||21.08 m|
|2009||European Junior Championships||Novi Sad, Serbia||1st||Shot put (6 kg)||22.40 m|
|World Championships||Berlin, Germany||27th (q)||Shot put||19.19 m|
|2010||World Indoor Championships||Doha, Qatar||7th||Shot put||20.40 m|
|European Championships||Barcelona, Spain||4th||Shot put||20.57 m|
|2011||European Indoor Championships||Paris, France||2nd||Shot put||20.75 m|
|European U23 Championships||Ostrava, Czech Republic||1st||Shot put||20.45 m|
|World Championships||Daegu, South Korea||1st||Shot put||21.78 m|
|DécaNation||Nice, France||1st||Shot put||20.30 m|
|2012||World Indoor Championships||Istanbul, Turkey||2nd||Shot put||21.88 m|
|European Championships||Helsinki, Finland||1st||Shot put||21.58 m|
|Olympic Games||London, United Kingdom||2nd||Shot put||21.86 m|
|2013||World Championships||Moscow, Russia||1st||Shot put||21.73 m|
|2014||World Indoor Championships||Sopot, Poland||2nd||Shot put||21.79 m|
|European Championships||Zurich, Switzerland||1st||Shot put||21.41 m|
|2015||European Indoor Championships||Prague, Czech Republic||1st||Shot put||21.23 m|
|World Championships||Beijing, China||2nd||Shot put||21.74 m|
|2016||European Championships||Amsterdam, Netherlands||1st||Shot put||21.31 m|
|Olympic Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||7th||Shot put||20.64 m|
|2017||European Indoor Championships||Belgrade, Serbia||3rd||Shot put||21.30 m|
|World Championships||London, United Kingdom||10th||Shot put||20.80 m|
|2018||World Indoor Championships||Birmingham, United Kingdom||2nd||Shot put||21.44 m|
|European Championships||Berlin, Germany||3rd||Shot put||21.41 m|
|2019||European Indoor Championships||Glasgow, United Kingdom||2nd||Shot put||21.54 m|
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