Rudy Winkler
Personal information
Born (1994-12-06) December 6, 1994 (age 27)
Albany, New York, United States
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight240 lb (109 kg)
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Hammer throw
College teamCornell Big Red
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)Hammer: 82.71 m (271 ft 4 in)
Updated on July 8, 2021.

Rudy Winkler (born December 6, 1994) is an American male track and field athlete who competes in the hammer throw.[1] Pending ratification, he is the American record holder with a throw of 82.71 m (271 ft 4 in) for the hammer[2] and holds a personal best of 23.32 m (76 ft 6 in) for the weight throw. He was the hammer national champion in 2016 and 2020, winning the 2016.[3] and 2020 United States Olympic Trials.[4]


Born in Sand Lake, New York, Winkler attended Averill Park High School and competed in the hammer from a young age and represented the United States in age category competitions. He was a finalist at both the 2011 World Youth and the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics.[5] He won his first international medal at the Pan American Junior Championships in 2013, taking the silver medal behind Mexico's Diego del Real.[6]

He joined Cornell University and competed collegiately for their Cornell Big Red track team and was selected for the Quill and Dagger society. He topped the field of the weight throw at the 2015 Ivy League Indoor Track & Field Championships, then won the hammer title at the conference's outdoor championships later that year. At his first national event, he came eighth in the hammer at the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships. In the 2016 season, he defended his Ivy League Indoor title and placed tenth at the NCAA Men's Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships. He was again hammer champion at the Ivy League Outdoor meet and set a personal record of 72.84 m (238 ft 11+12 in) to place runner-up to Britain's Nick Miller at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships.[7]

At the 2016 United States Olympic Trials a big personal best of 76.76 m (251 ft 10 in) brought him his first national title and selection for the USA Olympic team.[8] Although he was just short of the 77-meter qualifying standard set by the IAAF, he was invited to compete as one of the highest-ranked athletes, as an insufficient number of people had achieved the mark that year.[9]

He currently resides in Ithaca with his girlfriend, Olivia Foster, a student at Cornell Law School.[10][11]

His greatest sports influences are his friends and coaches Paddy McGrath and Roman Feldman.

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2011 World Youth Championships Lille, France 9th Hammer throw 68.14 m
2012 World Junior Championships Barcelona, Spain 11th Hammer throw 69.35 m
2013 Pan American Junior Championships Medellin, Colombia 2nd Hammer throw 71.79 m
2016 NACAC U23 Championships San Salvador, El Salvador 2nd Hammer throw 73.00 m
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 18th (q) Hammer throw 71.89 m
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 31st (q) Hammer throw 68.88 m
2018 NACAC Championships Toronto, Canada 4th Hammer throw 70.45 m
2019 Pan American Games Lima, Peru 8th Hammer throw 71.84 m
World Championships Doha, Qatar 11th Hammer throw 75.20 m
2021 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 7th Hammer throw 77.08 m

National titles

Personal records


  1. ^ "Rudy Winkler". Team USA. Retrieved July 8, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "US Track and Field Olympic Trials 2021, results".
  3. ^ Rudy Winkler. All Athletics. Retrieved on 2016-07-16.
  4. ^ [1]. US Olympic Track and Field Trials Results. Retrieved on 2021-06-21.
  5. ^ Rudy Winkler. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-07-16.
  6. ^ 2013 Pan American Junior Championships Official results. Americas Athletics. Retrieved on 2016-07-16.
  7. ^ Rudy Winkler. TFRRS. Retrieved on 2016-07-16.
  8. ^ "TFRRS | 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Men Hammer Throw Track & Field Meet Results". Track & Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS). Retrieved 2019-09-22.
  9. ^ Bohnert, Craig (2016-07-14). 3 U.S. Men’s Hammer Throwers Invited To Compete At Rio Olympics. Team USA. Retrieved on 2016-07-16.
  10. ^ "Current Masthead – Cornell Law Review". Retrieved 2021-03-16.
  11. ^ "Who is Rudy Winkler dating? Record-holder Olympian's girlfriend is a star Cornell law student". Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  12. ^ "Rudy WINKLER | Profile". Retrieved 2021-05-22.
Awards Preceded byTyreek Hill Track & Field News High School Boys Athlete of the Year 2013 Succeeded byTrentavis Friday