Valarie Allman
Personal information
Full nameValarie Carolyn Allman
Born (1995-02-23) February 23, 1995 (age 28)
Newark, Delaware, U.S.[1][2]
EducationStanford University[3]
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight155 lb (70 kg)
Sport
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Discus throw
College teamStanford Cardinal
Medal record

Valarie Carolyn Allman (born February 23, 1995) is an American track and field athlete specializing in the discus throw.[4] She won the gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Allman earned bronze at the 2022 World Athletics Championships, which made her the first American woman to win a world championship medal in the discus throw[5][6] and later added a silver medal at the 2023 World Championships. She is the North American record holder for the event.

Personal life

Valarie Allman was born at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware.[1][2] She graduated from Silver Creek High School, in Longmont, Colorado in 2013.[7] She then graduated from Stanford University in 2017 with a B.S. in product design.

Career

Allman was a seven-time All-American at Stanford University. She went on to represent her country at the 2017 Summer Universiade, where she won a silver medal, and the 2017 World Championships, where she did not qualify for the final. She was the 2018 National Champion.[8] Also, she earned bronze at the 2018 Athletics World Cup and silver at the 2018 NACAC Championships. She won the gold medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics. At the 2022 World Athletics Championships, she won a bronze medal, which made her the first American woman to win a world championship medal in the discus throw.[5][6]

Allman's personal best in the discus event is 71.46 m (234 ft 5+14 in), set at the Triton Invitational in La Jolla on 8 April 2022. This was the 15th farthest throw in history and the farthest in almost 30 years.[9]

She now resides in Austin, Texas, and trains under Coach Zebulon Sion at the University of Texas, where she is a volunteer assistant. She was sponsored by Oiselle through 2020, as well as the New York Athletic Club. She is currently sponsored by Asics.[10]

Achievements

Personal bests

International competitions

Allman in action in 2018.
Representing the  United States
Year Competition Venue Position Event Result
2014 World Junior Championships Eugene, OR, United States 2nd Discus 56.75 m (186 ft 2+14 in)
2015 Universiade Gwangju, South Korea 5th Discus 55.68 m (182 ft 8 in)
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 28th (q) Discus 53.85 m (176 ft 8 in)
Universiade Taipei, Taiwan 2nd Discus 58.36 m (191 ft 5+12 in)
2018 World Cup London, United Kingdom 3rd Discus 61.10 m (200 ft 5+12 in)
NACAC Championships Toronto, Canada 2nd Discus 59.67 m (195 ft 9 in)
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 7th Discus 61.82 m (202 ft 10 in)
2021 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 1st Discus 68.98 m (226 ft 4 in)
2022 World Championships Eugene, OR, United States 3rd Discus 68.30 m (224 ft 1 in)
2023 World Championships Budapest, Hungary 2nd Discus 69.23 m (227 ft 2 in)

References

  1. ^ a b Dragon, Tyler (August 2, 2021). "Delaware-born Valarie Allman takes unusual path to becoming Olympic gold-medalist in discus". The News Journal. Archived from the original on August 3, 2021. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Valarie Allman - Track & Field". Stanford University Athletics. Archived from the original on August 3, 2021. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  3. ^ 2017 Universiade bio
  4. ^ Valarie Allman at World Athletics
  5. ^ a b https://www.teamusa.org/News/2022/July/21/Valarie-Allman-Wins-Discus-Bronze-To-Claim-First-World-Championships-Medal[bare URL]
  6. ^ a b Azzi, Alex (July 21, 2022). "Video: After Olympic gold, Valarie Allman follows up with historic discus world bronze".
  7. ^ "Boulder Daily Camera". enewspaper.dailycamera.com.
  8. ^ "USA Track & Field - Results".
  9. ^ "Allman breaks North American discus record with 71.46m in La Jolla". World Athletics. Retrieved April 9, 2022.
  10. ^ "Inside ASICS | Running/Track and Field Athletes".