Dylan Armstrong (born 15 January, 1981) is a Canadian shot putter born and raised in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.
Armstrong achieved a personal best, and Canadian record at that time, of 21.04 meters at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where he finished fourth, missing out on a medal by a single centimeter. Currently, Dylan is a six-time Canadian national champion in the shot put. Armstrong currently trains with coach world renown Olympic throws coach, Anatoliy Bondarchuk in his home town of Kamloops, British Columbia.
Prior to focusing on the shot put in 2004, Armstrong
competed in the hammer throw. As a junior, he won a gold medal at the 1999 Pan
American Junior Games and a silver medal at the 2000 World Junior
Championships. He continues to hold the North American high school and junior
records in the hammer throw.
At 30, Armstrong is just now approaching his peak, and there is a case to be made that he is already among Canada's best athletes in any category. In October 2011, Armstrong won his second Pan American Games gold medal in Guadalajara, Mexico, setting a New Games Record in the process.
More significantly, he also came within a hair of winning gold at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea in September 2011. By claiming silver, he became the first Canadian ever to win a world championship medal in a throwing event, and the only Canadian to win any kind of medal at 2001 IAAF World Championships in Athletics.
Armstrong's throw of 22.21 metres at the Canadian championships in June 2011 was a National Record performance, and the best throw by anyone in the world in 2011. He is ranked first in his event by the IAAF, and he won the season's shot put championship in the IAAF Samsung Diamond League, the highest echelon of track and field competition.