Alessandro Andrei

Alessandro Andrei (born 3 January 1959) is an Italian former shot putter. He was born in Florence.

Alessandro Andrei
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Andrei in a competition in Italy in 1980s
Personal information
Born3 January 1959 (1959-01-03) (age 64)
Florence, Italy
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight118 kg (260 lb)
Event(s)Shot put
ClubG.S. Fiamme Oro
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)22.91 m (1987)


Andrei threw with his right hand, using the glide technique (at time many elite-level shot putters had switched to the spin/rotation style.) Andrei won the gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, California. In 1987 he broke the world record three times in the same competition with successive throws of 22.72, 22.84 & 22.91 m (and finishing the sequence with a throw of 22.74 m). He was the first athlete in history to have a shot put series with all 6 throws over 22 meters, an accomplishment that wasn't repeated until 2020 by Ryan Crouser.[1]

He is married to Agnese Maffeis.[2]

World recordEdit

Shots series[4]
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
22.19 22.37 22.72 22.84 22.91 22.74


Year Competition Venue Position Event Measure Notes
1983 Mediterranean Games   Casablanca 2nd Shot put 19.61 m
World Championships   Helsinki 5th Shot put 20.07 m  
1984 European Indoor Championships   Gothenburg 3rd Shot put 20.32 m
Olympic Games   Los Angeles 1st Shot put 21.26 m
1985 Universiade   Kobe 2nd Shot put 20.85 m
1987 World Championships   Rome 2nd Shot put 21.88 m [5]
1991 Mediterranean Games   Athens 1st Shot put 19.38 m
1993 Mediterranean Games   Languedoc-Roussillon 2nd Shot put 19.37 m
1997 Mediterranean Games   Bari 1st Shot put 19.54 m

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Ryan Crouser throws superb shot put series in Des Moines". Retrieved 2 Sep 2020.
  2. ^ "Alessandro Andrei". Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Italy's Andrei Surpasses 75 Feet to Break World Shotput Record". 13 August 1987. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Athletics .Record Smashed .Andrei Demolishes World Shot Mark". Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  5. ^ With the measure of 21.57 m he just had broken Championships Records in qualification round.

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Preceded by Men's Shot Put World Record Holder
12 August 1987 – 22 May 1988
Succeeded by