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Manuela Montebrun (born 13 November 1979 in Laval, Mayenne) is a retired, female hammer thrower from France.

Manuela Montebrun
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Manuela Montebrun
Personal information
Born (1979-11-13) November 13, 1979 (age 39)
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight90 kg (198 lb)
Country France
Event(s)Hammer throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)outdoor - 74.66 m (2005)
Updated on 24 October 2013.

Montebrun won two back-to-back World Championship bronze medals in 2003 and 2005. She had finished fourth in the final of the 2005 World Championships, but was belatedly awarded the bronze medal in 2013 when the 2005 World Championships gold medallist Olga Kuzenkova was stripped of her gold medal for doping.[1][2]

Montebrun's outdoor, personal best throw is 74.66 metres, achieved on 11 July 2005 in Zagreb, Croatia.

Montebrun retired from athletics in June 2012.[3]

Results in international competitionsEdit

Note: Only the position and distance in the final are indicated, unless otherwise stated. If the athlete did not qualify for the final, the overall position and distance in the qualification round are indicated.

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing   France
1998 World Junior Championships Annecy, France 5th 58.28 m
European Championships Budapest, Hungary 25th (q) 54.13 m
1999 Universiade Palma de Mallorca, Spain 3rd 68.11 m
European U23 Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 4th 61.95 m
World Championships Seville, Spain 12th 62.44 m
2000 European Cup Gateshead, England 3rd 67.73 m
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 24th (q) 57.77 m
2001 European Athletics U23 Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 1st 66.73 m
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 5th 67.78 m
Universiade Beijing, China 1st 69.78 m
Goodwill Games Brisbane, Australia 3rd 69.80 m
2002 European Cup Annecy, France 2nd 68.53 m
European Championships Munich, Germany 3rd 72.04 m
2003 European Cup Florence, Italy 1st 74.43 m
World Championships Paris, France 3rd 70.92 m
World Athletics Final Szombathely, Hungary 4th 68.88 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 15th (q) 67.90 m
World Athletics Final Szombathely, Hungary 3rd 70.63 m
2005 European Cup Florence, Italy 2nd 71.10 m
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd 71.41 m
World Athletics Final Szombathely, Hungary 7th 69.70 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 8th 70.36 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 3rd 72.54 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 12th 69.92 m
Jeux de la Francophonie Beirut, Lebanon 1st 70.26 m


  1. ^ "Two-year sanctions for Kuzenkova, Krivelyova and Bilonog". 3 Apr 2013.
  2. ^ "Un titre retiré à Kuzenkova". L'Équipe. 2 Apr 2013.
  3. ^ "Athlétisme. Manuèla Montebrun : " Comme Monsieur ou Madame Tout-le-Monde "". Ouest-France. 18 Apr 2013.