News22 Jun 2013

Nelson to be honoured as Olympic champion in Des Moines


Adam Nelson of the USA in the men's Shot Put in Olympia (© Getty Images)

Adam Nelson will stand atop the podium on Sunday afternoon at the US Championships to be recognised as the 2004 Olympic champion in the men’s Shot Put.

Nelson will be honoured during a victory ceremony where he will receive a laurel wreath, have the national anthem played in his honour, and take a victory lap around Drake Stadium.

Nelson won the Olympic Shot Put title with his throw of 21.16m in 2004 in the ancient Olympic Stadium in Olympia. Nelson was originally awarded the silver medal before Yuriy Bilonog of Ukraine was stripped of the gold in December 2012 due to a doping violation. The IAAF and IOC recently officially named Nelson as the gold medallist.

Nelson’s incredible list of medals now includes the 2004 Olympic gold, 2000 Olympic silver, 2005 World gold and three World silver medals. Nelson won medals at every outdoor World Championships and Olympic Games from 2000 to 2007.

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