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Feuerbach, Al
  • Member of three Olympic teams
  • Set both the indoor and outdoor shot put records during his career
  • Four-time U.S. shot put champion
Feuerbach, Al
Inducted 2002

Born: January 14, 1948, Clinton, Iowa.

Graduated: Preston (Iowa) H.S., 1966; Emporia State University, 1970


One of the great success stories in Kansas sports history, Allan Dean Feuerbach came to Emporia State University as a 6-foot-1-inch, 180-pound athlete from Preston, Iowa, and became the world record holder in the shot put five years later.

Career Highlights

Feuerbach was a member of three U.S. Olympic teams in the shot put, finishing fifth in the 1972 Games in Munich and fourth in 1976 in Montreal. The 1980 U.S. team did not compete in the Moscow Olympics due to boycott. He was a four-time U.S. champion (1973, '74, '75 and '78) and won the gold medal in the 1971 Pan American Games. Feuerbach set the world indoor record (68-11) in 1971 and the world outdoor record (71-7) in 1973, which stood for three years. He was a five-time winner at the Drake Relays, retired from competition in 1983 and was inducted into the Iowa Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.