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Bill Nieder

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWilliam Henry "Bill"•Nieder
Used nameBill•Nieder
Born10 August 1933 in Hempstead, New York (USA)
Measurements190 cm / 102 kg
AffiliationsUS Army, (USA)
NOC(s) United States


While at Kansas, Bill Nieder won the 1955 NCAA title and the following season he became the second man in history to better 60 feet. The first man across that barrier was Parry O’Brien, and it was O’Brien who beat Nieder at the 1956 Olympics. Nieder won his only AAU title in 1956 and, although often troubled by a knee injury, he was at his best in 1960 when he improved the world record three times, leaving it at 65-10 (20.06) – history’s first 20-metre put, and took the Olympic gold medal, having turned the tables on silver medalist O’Brien. Nieder was fortunate to make the 1960 Olympic team – he qualified only fourth, but was advanced to the team when alternate Dave Davis dropped out with an injury. Soon after the Rome Olympics, Bill Nieder launched a pro boxing career. It lasted one round – he was knocked out quickly in his only fight. Nieder later became an executive with the Marathon Engineering Corporation.

Personal Bests: SP – 65-10 (20.06) (1960); DT – 150-0 (45.72) (1955).


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1956 Summer Olympics Athletics Shot Put, Men Olympic 2 Silver Representing United States    
1960 Summer Olympics Athletics Shot Put, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing United States    

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1960 Summer Olympics 31 August 1960 Athletics Shot Put, Men Final Round, Round Five 19.68 1