Andrei Mikhnevich
Mikhnevich at the 2011 World championships Athletics in Daegu.
Personal information
Born (1976-07-12) July 12, 1976 (age 45)
Height2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
Weight145 kg (320 lb)
Country Belarus
Event(s)Shot put
Medal record
Olympic Games
Disqualified 2008 Beijing Shot put
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2003 Paris Shot put
Disqualified 2007 Osaka Shot put
Disqualified 2011 Daegu Shot put
World Indoor Championships
Disqualified 2006 Moscow Shot put
Disqualified 2010 Doha Shot put
European Championships
Disqualified 2010 Barcelona Shot put
Disqualified 2006 Gothenburg Shot put
Continental Cup
Disqualified 2010 Split Shot put
Updated on 10 July 2015.

Andrei Anatolyevich Mikhnevich (Belarusian: Андрэй Анатолевіч Міхневіч, Andrej Michnievič, Russian: Андрей Анатольевич Михневич; born 12 July 1976 in Babruysk) is a Belarusian shot putter with a personal best of 21.69 metres, set in 2003. In 2013 he was banned from sports for life due to his second doping positive.[1]

He started competing at global championships in 1999 and attended the 2000 Summer Olympics, but he was banned for a doping offence in 2001.[2][3] He returned after a two-year suspension and promptly became the shot put world champion at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics.[3] He took part in the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2005 World Championships but failed to reach the global podium over this period.

He had a resurgence of form in 2006, taking silver at the IAAF World Indoor Championships as well as silver at the 2006 European Athletics Championships. He won the bronze at the 2007 World Championships and took his first Olympic honour, another bronze medal, at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He won indoor world silver for a second time at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships and the gold medal at the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona.

In 2012 IAAF retested doping samples from the 2005 World Athletics Championships and Mikhnevich was found positive for 3 anabolic steroids: Clenbuterol, Methandienone and Oxandrolone.[4] He was subsequently banned from sports for life, and the results from 6 August 2005 onwards were annulled.[1] He lost the silver medals from the World Indoor Championships in 2006 and 2010, and the bronze medals from the 2007 and 2011 IAAF World Championships.[1] In August 2014 IOC also disqualified his results from the 2008 Summer Olympics and allocated the bronze medal.[5]


He made his first major championships appearance at the 1999 IAAF World Indoor Championships and he finished eighth overall. He also attended the 1999 World Championships in Athletics that year but did not reach the final. His first Olympics soon followed at the 2000 Sydney Games where he finished ninth in the shot put final.[6]

He received a two-year suspension for a doping offence on 7 August 2001.[2] He had tested positive for Human chorionic gonadotropin at the 2001 World Athletics Championships in Edmonton and his results from the championships were annulled.[3] Only 17 days after his suspension ended he became world champion in Paris with a personal best throw of 21.69 metres. He also won the Universiade the same year. His best performance in the following two years was a fifth place at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

In 2006 he finished second both at the World Indoor Championships in Moscow, with a new personal indoor best throw of 21.37 metres, and the 2006 European Championships with 21.11. He followed this with a bronze medal at the 2007 World Championships.[6]

He finished fifth at the 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships but rebounded to peak with a 22.00 m personal best in July and taking his first Olympic medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the form of a bronze. This medal would later be retracted and awarded to Canadian rival Dylan Armstrong, for doping offences. He sank back down the rankings at the 2009 World Championships, finishing seventh, but he gained his second indoor silver at the 2010 World Indoors a few months later.[6] He set a national indoor record of 21.81 m in Mogilev, Belarus, and continued his good form with a win at the 2010 European Cup Winter Throwing meeting.[7] He followed that victory by winning the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona.[8] All his results from August 2005 and onwards were later disqualified after re-tests showed he had doped at the 2005 World Athletics Championships, and in 2013 the IAAF banned him for life.[1]

His wife is fellow shot-putter Natallia Mikhnevich, who won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games. She was handed a two-year ban from sports after she tested positive for Stanozolol in 2013.[4]

Personal bests

Event Best (m) Venue Date
Shot put (outdoor) 21.69 Paris Saint-Denis (Stade de France) 23 August 2003
Shot put (indoor) 20.85 Minsk, Belarus 30 January 2004


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Belarus
1997 European U23 Championships Turku, Finland 6th 18.72 m
1999 World Indoor Championships Maebashi, Japan 8th 19.44 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 9th 19.48 m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada DSQ (10th) DSQ (20.42 m)
2003 World Championships Paris, France 1st 21.69 m = PB
Universiade Daegu, South Korea 1st 20.76 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 3rd 20.51 m
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 6th 20.50 m
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 5th 20.60 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 7th 19.47 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland DSQ (6th)
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco DSQ (7th)
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia DSQ (2nd) DSQ (21.37 m = PB)
European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden DSQ (2nd) DSQ (21.11 m)
2007 European Indoor Championships Birmingham, England DSQ (25th)
World Championships Osaka, Japan DSQ (3rd)
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany DSQ (3rd)
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain DSQ (4th)
Olympic Games Beijing, PR China DSQ (3rd)
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar DSQ (2nd)
European Cup Winter Throwing Arles, France DSQ (1st) DSQ (21.04 m)
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain DSQ (1st) DSQ (21.01 m)
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea DSQ (3rd) DSQ (21.40 m)


  1. ^ a b c d IAAF: Andrei MIKHNEVICH (BLR) – results annulled from August 2005,, 31 July 2013
  2. ^ a b "IAAF News 2002, Issue 53, 55-59". IAAF. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Amy Shipley: Mikhnevich's Win Is a Shot For Americans, The Washington Post, 24 August 2003
  4. ^ a b "Athletes currently suspended from all competitions in athletics following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation as at: 09.07.15". IAAF. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  5. ^ IOC: IOC Latest News Olympic Highlights,
  6. ^ a b c Mikhnevich, Andrei. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-23.
  7. ^ Mikhnevich and Müller put on a show at the European Cup Winter Throwing Archived 2012-07-30 at European Athletics (2010-03-20). Retrieved on 2010-03-23.
  8. ^ "Lewis-Francis accepts blame for 4x100m relay disaster". BBC Sport. 31 July 2010. Archived from the original on 2 August 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2010.