Christian Cantwell
Christian Cantwell

Hometown:
Eldon, Mo.

High School:
Eldon HS

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 330

Position:
Volunteer Asst. Coach

Birthdate:
09/30/1980


Christian Cantwell is entering his seventh year on the Missouri Track & Field staff. The Eldon, Mo., resident has made quite a splash on the shot putting circuit in the recent years, winning an Olympic Silver Medal in 2008 and having been ranked in the top five in the World by Track & Field News in five of the last six seasons. Over the summer, Cantwell claimed the 2009 IAAF Outdoor Shot Put World Championship to go along with his indoor title claimed back in 2008.

As a collegian, Cantwell was a seven-time All-American, tying Chidi Imoh for the most All-America honors in Missouri Athletics history. Scoring three topthree NCAA finishes with the shot, Cantwell was the NCAA runner-up at the 2003 NCAA Championships. In February 2008, Cantwell, a six-time Big 12 Champion, was inducted into the University of Missouri's Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Cantwell scored a Silver medal, using his final attempt to jump on to the medal stand and claim Mizzou's first Olympic medal since 1992.

In March 2008, Cantwell became the second person to ever win two Golds in the men's shot put at the IAAF World Championships, winning by nearly two foot over USA's Reese Hoffa. In late February of 2008, Cantwell recorded an unprecedented series in hurling all six throws over 70 feet in recording his current indoor best of72-9 (22.18m) at the UCM Classic in Warrensburg, Mo. Two days later, Cantwell battled travel woes to win his third USATF Indoor title in Boston.

In 2004, his first year outside of the collegiate arena, Cantwell took charge as a world-class professional thrower immediately, ending the year ranked No. 1 in the World by Track & Field News, having the four-best throws on Earth that season. In addition to recording the best throws in the World for both the indoor and outdoor seasons, Cantwell won the IAAF World Indoor Championship in March that season, becoming the University's second athletic World Champion.

Cantwell's personal-best mark with the shot of 73 feet, 11¾ inches (22.55m), set at the 2004 adidas Classic, places him as the eighth-best performer in the event in the World's history. Since, Cantwell has recorded five of the 10 throws in the World in 2007, seven of the top 10 in 2006 - including the top three overall, and three of the top 10 in 2005.

The 6-6, 330, Cantwell is a four-time USATF Champion. With the win at the 2007 USATF Indoor Championships, Cantwell also took home a VISA Championship Series bonus check worth $25,000 for the best-overall performance by an American during the season. With his U.S. title during the 2005 outdoor season, Cantwell won a bid to the IAAF World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

As part of a 14-meet winning streak in 2004, Cantwell had an impressive showing at the Home Depot Invitational where, then at 23-years-of-age, Cantwell sent all six of his throws over 70 feet, becoming only the second person in World history to accomplish such a feat at the time.

Cantwell is married to the former Teri Steer, a 2000 Olympian in the shot put. On May 27, 2008, the couple welcomed their first child, Jackson Daniel Cantwell.

PERSONAL BESTS

as of Thursday, December 11, 2008

Indoor
SP 22.18m 72-9¼ UCMCl '08
WT 22.04m 72-3¾ MU-KU-KSU '02
Outdoor
SP 22.54m 73-11½ adidas '04
DISC 59.32m 194-7 MoRel '01
HT 57.18m 187-7 Big12 '01

POST-SEASON HISTORY

Olympic Games
Shot Put
2008 POST 21.09m 69-2½ 2
IAAF World Athletics Final
Shot Put
2003 SR 20.93m 68-8 1
2006 POST 20.94m 68-8½ 2
IAAF World Championships
Shot Put
2005 POST 21.11m 69-3¼ q
2005 POST 20.87m 68-5¾ 5
IAAF World Indoor Championships
Shot Put
2004 POST 21.49m 70-6¼ 1
2006 POST 19.90m 65-3½ 10
2008 POST 21.77m 71-5¼ 1
Pan-Am Junior Championships
Discus
1999 PRE 49.91m 163-9 2
NCAA Championships
Shot Put
2000 FR 17.00m 55-9¼ 18
2001 SO 19.27m 63-2¾ 5
2001 SO 19.27m 63-2¾ 5
2002 JR 19.39m 63-7½ 5
2003 SR 20.79m 68-2½ q
2003 SR 21.56m 70-9 2
Discus
2001 SO 53.94m 176-11 14
NCAA Indoor Championships
Shot Put
2000 FR 18.72m 61-5 7
2002 JR 20.43m 67-½ 3
2003 SR 20.64m 67-8¾ 3
Weight Throw
2003 SR 20.54m 67-4¾ 9
NCAA Mideast Regional
Shot Put
2003 SR 20.72m 67-11¾ 1
USATF Championships
Shot Put
2005 POST 21.64m 71-0 1
2006 POST 21.89m 71-10 3
2007 POST 20.10m 65-11½ 5
USATF Indoor Championships
Shot Put
2002 JR 20.86m 68-5¼ 2
2004 POST 21.26m 69-9 1
2005 POST 20.57m 67-6 4
2006 POST 21.10m 69-2¾ 2
2007 POST 21.72m 71-3¼ 1
2008 POST 21.51m 70-7 1
USATF Olympic Trials
Shot Put
2000 FR foul
2004 POST 20.56m 67-5½ 4
2008 POST 20.82m 68-3¾ q
2008 POST 21.71m 71-2¾ 2
Big 12 Championships
Shot Put
2000 FR 19.67m 64-6½ 1
2001 SO 18.92m 62-1 1
2002 JR 20.32m 66-8 2
2003 SR 21.03m 69-0 1
Discus
2001 ??? 56.88m 186-7 5
2002 JR 54.43m 178-7 6
2003 SR 52.77m 173-1 7
Hammer Throw
2001 ??? 57.18m 187-7 3
2002 ??? 55.82m 183-1 5
2002 JR 55.82m 183-1 5
2003 SR 53.29m 174-10 7
Big 12 Indoor Championships
Shot Put
2000 FR 18.42m 60-5¼ 2
2001 SO 18.91m 62-½ 1
2002 JR 20.55m 67-5¼ 2
2003 SR 20.22m 66-4¼ 2
Weight Throw
2002 JR 20.37m 66-10 3
2003 SR 21.31m 69-11 1

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist
  • Two-time IAAF World Indoor Champion
  • Four-time USATF Champion
  • Ranked No. 1 in the World by Track & Field News (2004)
  • Seven-time Collegiate All-American
  • Six-time Big 12 Champion
  • Six-time Drake Relays Champion
  • 17-time All-Big 12

IN THE NEWS

'Last throw, best throw' gets Mizzou grad Cantwell shot put silver
By Mechelle Voepel of Kansas City Star written 8/16/2008

Silver is precious medal
By Joe Walljasper of Columbia Daily Tribune written 8/15/2008

Cantwell's final throw heroic -- even if he doesn't realize it at first
By Joe Posnanski of Kansas City Star written 8/15/2008

Eldon goes Shot Put Crazy
By Eric Blumberg of KOMU-TV 8 written 8/15/2008

Not interested in sharing the spotlight
By Dave Matter of Columbia Daily Tribune written 8/14/2008

Big Man in no Big Talker
By Vahe Gregorian of St. Louis Post-Dispatch written 8/14/2008

Eldon rallies behind their own Olympian
By Matt Grant of KRCG-TV written 8/13/2008

Former Tiger Goes to Olympics
By Jason Bent of KOMU-TV 8 written 8/8/2008

Cantwell prefers practice to pageantry
By Dave Matter of Columbia Daily Tribune written 8/7/2008

Through a mother's eyes ...
By Beverly Taggart of Lake-Sun Leader written 8/2/2008

Bodies of Work
By David Harry Stewart of New York Times written 8/1/2008

Cantwell gets his shot at the Olympics
By Christy Siebert of Columbia Missourian written 7/31/2008

Cantwell puts in on the line for Olympics
By Mike DeArmond of Kansas City Star written 7/30/2008

Olympian Christian Cantwell Press Conference Highlights
By Tom Lewis of MUTigers.com written 7/30/2008

Former Mizzou and Eldon native shot putter is ready for China
By Bill Pollock of Missourinet.com written 7/30/2008

Missouri Olympian to Skip Opening Ceremonies
By Justin Redeker of KOMU-TV 8, Columbia written 7/30/2008

Ticket to Beijing keeps Cantwell on quest for gold
By Bryan Burwell of St. Louis Post-Dispatch written 6/28/2008

Former MU shot putter Cantwell gets shot at redemption
By Mechelle Voepel of Kansas City Star written 6/28/2008

Change for the Better?
By Dave Matter of Columbia Daily Tribune written 6/25/2008

Friendship suffers after Boston meet
By Vahe Gregorian of St. Louis Post-Dispatch written 6/22/2008

A shot at redemption
By Vahe Gregorian of St. Louis Post-Dispatch written 6/22/2008

Big Shot
By Ron Bellamy of Eugene Register-Guard written 5/22/2008

Heavy lifting never felt so good
By John Schumacher of Sacramento Bee written 5/11/2008

Cantwell throws big -- his baby's a load, too
By Bill Poindexter of Modesto Bee written 5/11/2008

Drake Relays: Shot-putter nails sixth title (w/video)
By Andrew Logue of Des Moines Register written 4/27/2008

Former Missouri weightman Cantwell wins KU Relays shot put
By David Boyce of Kansas City Star written 4/19/2008

Shotputting to the Olympics
By Sean Clark-Weis of KOMU-TV 8, Columbia written 4/6/2008

Christian Cantwell - Puts it About!
By Paul Gains of IAAF.org written 3/8/2008

Christian Cantwell wins world indoor shot-put title
By Staff of Kansas City Star written 3/7/2008

Gongs of the year
By Staff of The Age (Melbourne, Australia) written 12/26/2007

Giving the demons the heavo-ho
By Joe Walljasper of Columbia Daily Tribune written 7/3/2005

YEAR-BY-YEAR

2008:
Outdoor: Olympic Silver medalist in 2008, needing a final-round best of 69-2½ (21.09m) to go from fifth to the medal platform ... became Mizzou's first Olympic medalist since 1992 and the first as individual since 1960 ... earned a bid to the Olympic Games via second-place (71-2¾, 21.71m) showing at the USATF Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Ore. ... started the season with five-consecutive wins including his opener at the Kansas Relays, a third-consecutive and sixth-overall win at the Drake Relays and his season's best mark coming in winning the California Relays in Modesto (21.76m, 71-4½). Indoor: Became only the second person to win two IAAF World Indoor shot-put titles with a Gold medal performance in Valencia, Spain, throwing nearly two-feet ahead of Silver with a best toss of 71-5¼ (21.77m), five of six throws traveled over 69-4 ... most likely became the first person ever to record all six throws over 70 feet in marking an indoor personal-best of 72-9 (22.18m) at the UCM Classic in Warrensburg, Mo. ... recorded four meets in throwing over 70 feet, five comps over 21 meters.

2007:
Outdoor: 1st at adidas Track Classic (21.96m/72-0.75)...Nike Prefontaine Classic champion (21.83m/71-7.5)...ranked #3 in world & U.S. by T&FN...best of 21.96m/72-0.75 ... fourth at USATF Championships. Indoor: USA Indoor champion (21.72m/71-3.5) ... Indoor Visa champion ... 1st at Millrose Games (21.88m/71-9) ... 2nd at Reebok Boston Indoor Games (21.36m/70-1)....

2006:
Outdoor: 3rd at USA Outdoor (21.89m/ 71-10)...1st at Gateshead (22.45m/73-8WL)...USA Indoor runner-up (21.10m/69-2.75)...10th in qualifying at World Indoor Champs (19.90m/65-3.5)...1st at Nike Prefontaine Classic (22.17m/72-9)... 1st at Drake Relays (22.10m/72-6.25)...ranked #2 in world & U.S. by T&FN...best of 22.45m/73-8WL. Indoor: 2nd at USATF Indoor, 10th at IAAF World Indoor.

2005:
Outdoor: USATF Champion, throwing 71-0 (21.64m), qualifying for first IAAF World Outdoor Championship ... placed fifth at World Championships, had 69-3¼ (21.11m) mark in the qualifying round ... winner of seven meets during season ... second at Drake Relays, second at Kansas Relays ... season best came June 4 at IAAF Grand Prix event in Seville, Spain, with throw of 71-1¼ (21.67m). Indoor: Placed fourth at the USATF Indoor, 67-6 (20.57m) ... won the 2005 Athens meeting and at the Missouri Invitational ... second at Boston Indoor ... fourth at Millrose Games ... season-best of 69-1¼ (21.06m) came at Missouri Invite.

2004:
Outdoor: Ranked No. 1 in the World by Track & Field News ... won 14 straight shot put finals after finishing first at the Oregon Classic with a new personal-best toss of 73-11¼ (22.54m), named USATF Athlete of the Week for first time in career soon after ... threw for 73-4 (22.32m) at the Home Depot Invitational ... jumped to eighth all-time in the world ... won his third straight title at a rain-soaked Drake Relays ... had back-to-back meets on consecutive days, winning at the USOC's Titan Games and the Nike Prefontaine Classic in the same weekend ... placed fourth at the USATF Olympic Team Trials in Sacramento. Indoor: (PRO) Jumped to No. 1 in the world after winning the IAAF World Indoor Title in early March ... won his first national title at the USATF Indoor Championships ... had longest indoor throw in the world at MU All-Comers (21.95m, 72-¼), throw also longest in the world indoors since 2000, the longest by an American indoors since 1989 ... recorded five of the world's ten longest throws for season.

2003:
Outdoor: (MU) As a collegian, earned his seventh all-American honor, tying an individual record at Mizzou ... at the NCAA Championships, broke his own school record and finished second in the shot put event with a toss of 70 feet, 9 inches (21.56m) ... took fifth place at the USATF Championships in the shot put ... NCAA Mideast Champion in the shot put ... took fifth all-time Big 12 title with a toss of 69 feet at the the Big 12 Championships in Austin ... also all-Big 12 in the hammer throw and discus, bring his collegiate total of all-Big 12 honors to 17 ... took second place at the Prefontaine Classic in late May with a throw of 70 feet, 5¼ inches (PRO) Started professional career for Nike in summer competing in IAAF Grand Prix events around Europe ... in mid-July threw for a personal-best of 70 feet, 11¼ inches, fourth longest in the world in 2003, en route to a championship at the "Diputacion de Salamanca" in Spain, jumping his world ranking into the top eight by August ... in September, gained ultimate recognition after winning the 2003 IAAF Athletics Grand Prix Final in Monte Carlo, Monaco, his third title of the summer, catapulting him to No. 4 in the IAAF World Rankings to end the year. Indoor: Earned sixth all-American honor in the shot put with a third place finish with a toss of 67 feet, 8½ inches (20.64m) ... also qualified for the NCAA Championships in the weight throw and took ninth in the competition ... won Big 12 title in the weight throw event with a toss of 69 feet, 11 inches (21.31m) ... season high in the shot put came at the Adidas Classic after toss of 68 feet, 5 inches ... named Big 12 Athlete of the Week two weeks consecutive from first place performances at the Illinois' Health Alliance Classic and Nebraska's Adidas Classic.

2002:
Outdoor: All-American in the shot put, finishing fifth ... personal-best toss of 70-4.5 was in the top-five throws in the world during the 2002 outdoor season ... the Male Midwest Athlete of the Year as selected by the USTCA ... Drake Relays Champion in the men's invitational shot put, performing better than some of the world's best in the event -- the performance led to being selected as the Drake Relays Outstanding Male Performer ... led the collegiate performance list in the shot put for a majority of the season ... selected as Big 12 Athlete of the Week twice during the season ... All-Big 12 in the shot put, hammer and discus. Indoor: An All-American in the shot put with a third place finish (67-0.5) at the NCAA Indoor Championships ... placed second at the Indoor USA Track & Field meet with his personal best throw of 68-5.25 in the shot ... All-Big 12 in the shot put and the weight throw ... every mark he had in the shot during the season was an automatic qualifying mark ... set the school records in the shot put (68-5.25) and the weight throw (72-3.75) ... named the Big 12 Athlete of the Week on Jan. 14.

2001:
Outdoor: An All-American and Big 12 Champion in the shot put ... he finished fifth in the shot at the NCAA meet in Oregon ... best throw in the shot was a 64-8 mark to set the school standard ... also qualified for NCAA's in discus ... scored 20 points at the Big 12 Championships (shot put - 1st, hammer - 3rd, discus - 5th) ... set personal best when he was third in the hammer with a 187-7 mark at the Big 12 Championships ... his performances at the conference meet placed him third in point- getters at the meet. Indoor: Earned All-America status in the 35-pound weight throw with a ninth place finish at NCAA's ... the Big 12 Champion in the shot put ... his throw of 63- 6.75 set the school record and erased the oldest record in Missouri's books (1966) ... Cantwell also set the standard in the weight throw at the MU-KSU-KU Triangular in a distance of 70-3.75.

2000:
Outdoor: Big 12 Champion in the shot put ... threw at least one qualifying mark at every meet ... his 64-6.5 was an Olympic Trials qualifying mark, NCAA automatic qualifying mark, a Big 12 Conference meet record and a school record. Indoor: Picked up All-American honors as well as being named the Big 12 indoor and outdoor Freshman of the Year ... placed seventh at the NCAA's with a toss of 61-5, his best of the season.

Personal:
Son of Robert & Jackie Cantwell ... born September 30, 1980 in Jefferson City, Mo. ... married to the former Teri Steer, a 2000 Olympic shot putter ... son Jackson Daniel Cantwell born May 27, 2008 at 11 lbs., 2 ozs.

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