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Lance Earl Deal (born August 21, 1961 in Riverton, Wyoming) is a former American athlete who won a silver medal in the hammer throw in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. He also competed in the 1988, 1992, and 2000 Summer Olympics.

Lance Deal
Personal information
Full nameLance Earl Deal
Born (1961-08-21) 21 August 1961 (age 58)
Riverton, Wyoming, United States
ResidenceEugene, Oregon
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight116 kg (256 lb)
CountryUnited States United States
Event(s)Hammer throw
College teamMontana State University
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Hammer throw: 82.52 (1996)

In the hammer throw finals at the 1996 Olympic Games, only the top eight competitors after three throws were awarded three additional throws. Deal fouled his first two throws; his third equaled the eighth longest throw of the competition. However, he was only in ninth place, because the other competitor had a second legal throw. The announcer initially stated that, on the basis of that tiebreaker, Deal was out of the rest of the competition. The officials corrected the error, however; IAAF rules do not call for breaking ties in this case. So Deal advanced, and on his sixth and final throw, won the silver medal behind Balázs Kiss of Hungary.

Deal graduated from Natrona County High School in Casper, Wyoming where he earned All-State Honors in football, wrestling, and track. He went on to graduate from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. He currently works at the University of Oregon as the Director of Track & Field Venues and Program Support. He was the throws coach (for discus, hammer, javelin, and shot put) at the University of Oregon until 2010. Deal is married and has one daughter.

Deal was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame on September 25, 2007.[1][2] He was also inducted into the Wyoming Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2014, he was elected into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.[3]



  1. ^ "Deal, Shanley inducted to Oregon Sports Hall of Fame". Eugene Register-Guard. August 3, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-03.[dead link]
  2. ^ "2007 Oregon Hall of Fame inductees". August 3, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-03.
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