|Full name Eric Randolph Barnes|
Role Olympic athlete
Name Randy Barnes
|Weight 291 lb (132 kg)|
Height 6 ft 4 ⁄2 in (194 cm)
|Born June 16, 1966 (age 49) (1966-06-16) Charleston, West Virginia, United States|
Education Saint Albans High School, Texas A&M University
Olympic medals Athletics at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Men's shot put, Athletics at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Men's shot put
Similar People Ulf Timmermann, Jurgen Schult, Kevin Young, Yuriy Sedykh, Natalya Lisovskaya
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Eric Randolph "Randy" Barnes (born June 16, 1966) is an American former shot putter who holds both the current outdoor and indoor world records for the event. He won silver at the 1988 Olympics and gold at the 1996 Olympics. As of 2016, both of Barnes's records still stand. Only one thrower has been within 60 centimetres (24 in) of the outdoor record in the last 10 years. Barnes was banned for 27 months in 1990 for anabolic steroid usage, before he received a lifetime ban in 1998 after testing positive for androstenedione.
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Randy barnes current world record shot put 5 20 1990 23 12 mp4
Barnes was born in Charleston, West Virginia, grew up in nearby St. Albans, and began throwing shot put in high school. In 1985, he threw an impressive 20.36 metres (66.8 ft) with the prep shot of 5.4 kilograms (12 lb). After graduating from St. Albans High School in 1985, he attended Texas A&M University where he broke school records (set by Randy Matson) with a throw of 21.88 metres (71.8 ft) with the 7.26 kilograms (16.0 lb) full size shot. While at A&M, Randy worked with hall of famer conditioning coach Istvan Javorek.
He went to the 1988 Seoul Olympics where he threw 22.39 metres (73.5 ft) and earned a silver medal at only 22. He came second to Ulf Timmermann of East Germany, who threw 22.47 metres (73.7 ft). On January 20, 1989, he set a new indoor world record at the Sunkist Invitational in Los Angeles with a throw of 22.66 metres (74.3 ft), which was better than his outdoor personal best at the time.
On May 20, 1990, he broke Ulf Timmermann's outdoor record with a put of 23.12 metres (75.9 ft). Barnes was banned from competing for 27 months after testing positive for the anabolic steroid methyltestosterone at a competition in Malmö, Sweden on August 7 that same year. He sued to have the suspension overturned, but lost. Due to the suspension, he was unable to compete in the 1992 Olympics.
At the 1996 Olympic games, Barnes won the gold medal that eluded him 8 years earlier with a come-from-behind 21.62 metres (70.9 ft) throw on his final attempt. In 1998, he tested positive for androstenedione, an over-the-counter supplement (famously used by baseball player Mark McGwire) that is banned in track and field. Although Barnes claimed he didn't know androsten was banned, he was suspended from competition for life.
Barnes later became a long driving competitor, competing to hit a golf ball as far as possible; he qualified for the 2005 World Long Drive Championship.