Richard Slaney

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Richard Slaney
Personal information
Full name Richard Charles Slaney
Nationality British
Born (1956-05-16) 16 May 1956 (age 66)
Redhill, Surrey, England
Residence Eugene, Oregon[1]
Height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)[2]
Weight 265 lb (120 kg)
Country United Kingdom
Sport Athletics, Strongman
Event(s) Discus throw
College team San Diego State University

Richard Charles Slaney (born 16 May 1956) is a British discus thrower who competed in the 1984 Summer Olympics and strongman competitor, notable for being a repeat winner of the Britain's Strongest Man title.

At the UK Athletics Championships he won in 1979, ranked second in 1977 to 1978, and was third in 1980. He also came third in the shot put in 1980.[3]


Slaney was born in Redhill, Surrey. As a sportsman he was foremost a field athlete specialising in the discus. However, whilst actively pursuing this sport, he did compete as a strength athlete and won the Britain's Strongest Man competition in 1980 and 1982.[4] He also finished second behind Geoff Capes in the 1980 Europe's Strongest Man competition. Across the pond in the same time period, he competed in track and field at San Diego State University. He is still the university record holder in the discus throw, his 64.64 best in 1982 outdistances the next best in university history by over 5 metres.[5]

As a discus thrower he qualified for the 1984 Olympic Games finishing 15th overall. Domestically, he threw the 2nd best UK discus performance of 1980, 3rd best in 1981 and the top UK discus performances in 1982 to 1986 inclusive.[6] In 1986 he was also the national discus champion for the first and only time. His personal best of 65.16m makes him the second best British thrower after Perriss Wilkins.[7]

At the 1984 Olympics Slaney is remembered for carrying his fiancee Mary Decker from the track after she lay stricken at trackside during the 3,000m final, having tripped over the bare feet of Zola Budd. Decker also fell for Slaney and they married on 1 January 1985, and had daughter Ashley (born 30 May 1986) the following year.[8]

After he retired in 1986 he became a businessman who restores antique airplanes[9] living with his family on a 55-acre (220,000 m2) ranch in Eugene, Oregon, where his wife can now jog every other day and walking their three Weimaraner dogs.[10]


  1. Retrieved 2008-11-21.
  2. Biography at
  3. GBR athletics UK results
  4. David Horne's World of Grip
  6. Retrieved 2008-11-21.
  7. UK All-Time Lists: Men - Throws
  8. The ten sporting love matches - The love doubles, Sunday 6 February 2005, The Observer
  9. Reed, Susan (17 October 1994). "Going the Distance". People Magazine. 42 (16).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Gene Cherry (28 July 2009). "Mary Slaney still yearns to run". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 27 May 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Preceded by
Geoff Capes
Geoff Capes
Britain's Strongest Man
Succeeded by
Geoff Capes
Geoff Capes