<h5>92nd Australian Athletics Championships</h5>
<p>MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Damien Birkenhead competes in the mens shot put during the 92nd Australian Athletics Championships on April 6, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.</p>
&copy; 2014 Getty Images
Damien Birkinhead

Damien Birkinhead

Athletics Schedule & Results

(Local) / 08:30 PM 18 Aug (Rio)
Men's Shot Put Final

20.45 (10th)

Ryan Crouser (USA)
Joe Kovacs (USA)
Tomas Walsh (NZL)

(Local) / 09:55 AM 18 Aug (Rio)
Men's Shot Put Qualifying Round - Group B

© IOC 2016 Official Results powered by Atos. Timing and results management by Omega.

Athlete Biography

Damien Birkinhead threw a personal best distance to easily pass the Olympic qualifying standard (20.50m) and move to second on the Australian all-time list with his 21.21 metres in Hobart in February, 2016. In eight months he had improved his personal best by 81cm. He was unable to throw at the Trials due to a calf injury.

Birkinhead’s best is now just five centimetres shy of the Australian Record, held by his coach Scott Martin, a dual Olympian. Birkinhead hold all three (U16, U18, U20) Australian junior shot put records.

In 2010, Birkinhead was a finalist at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and in 2012 he won bronze at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona. Two years later he took out the national shot put title which automatically qualified him for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, where he placed fifth.

The Victorian born athlete won his third national title in Brisbane in 2015.

All copy on this page is copyright © Australian Olympic Committee. Do not reproduce without permission.

Fast Facts

Olympic Information

  • Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut
  • 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics - 4th (Shot Put)

Recent Performances

  • 1st (shot put) – 2016 Victorian Championships (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 1st (shot put) – 2016 Athletics Classic (Hobart, Australia)
  • 2nd (shot put) – 2015 Golden Spike (Ostrava, Czech Republic)
  • 1st (shot put) – 2015 Australian Championships (Brisbane, Australia)

Career Highlights

  • 5th at 2014 Commonwealth games in Glasgow- Shot Put
  • 3rd at the 2012 world junior championships, Barcelona. -Shot Put
  • Throwing a pb of 21.21 at the Briggs track classic- 2016


  • Primary
    Teesdale Primary School (VIC, Australia)
  • Secondary
    Christian College Geelong (VIC, Australia)


  • Coach
    Scott Martin (2012-currrent)
  • Club
  • Institute/Academy
    Victorian Institute of Sport
  • Primary Training Base
    Melbourne, Australia