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Damien Birkinhead (Vic)

DOB: 08 Apr 1993 Age: 
ATHLETE profile

Coach: Scott Martin 
Event: Shot Put
Occupation: Athlete
Twitter: D_Birkinhead
Instagram: damienbirkinhead

Personal Bests
Shot Put: 21.35m    Zagreb CRO, 28 Aug 17


Damien Birkinhead placed fourth at the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games kicking off a career of steady progression over the next seven years. 

In 2012, he won bronze at the IAAF World Junior Championships and was fifth at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. 

Chasing a qualifier for the Rio Olympics (20.50m), he nailed his first in February 2016 in New Zealand with a put of 20.80m. A week later in Hobart, he went even further, 21.21m, just 5cm below the national record held by his coach Scott Martin. 

He missed the Olympic Trial with a calf injury, but after his selection for the Olympic Games, he qualified for the final with a put of 20.50m. In the final, he placed 10th with a distance of 20.45m. In good form in the leadup to the 2017 IAAF World Championships, he put 19.90m in the qualifying round missing progression to the final. However, three weeks later in Croatia, he broke the Australian record of 21.26m, held by his coach Scott Martin, with a put of 21.35m. He now holds all four Australian junior and senior records. 

In February 2018 he won his fourth national shot put title and achieved selection for his second Commonwealth Games. 



Kennedy 'very happy' with world indoor debut

Mar 4 2018

Wrapping up day three from Birmingham

Viewing guide: 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships

Mar 1 2018
Your handy guide to following our Aussies at the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham.

Seven Australians bound for IAAF World Indoors

Feb 22 2018

Birkinhead, Gregson, Hough, Jenneke, Kennedy, Marschall and Pearson set to light up Arena Birmingham

Commonwealth Games qualifiers aplenty at Hunter Track Classic

Jan 20 2018

Linden Hall impresses with a fast 5000m in the performance of the meet

Birkinhead back in action at Hunter Track Classic

Jan 19 2018

Race to qualify for Gold Coast 2018 continues

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