Nerlinger began in 1973 with the weight lifting and was first used in 1982 for the World Cup in Ljubljana internationally. In Super Heavyweight over 110 pounds, it took a duel result of 370 kg ( 162.5 kg / 207.5 kg ) on the 9th Place. At the World Championships in Moscow a year later he obtained the 6th place with 375.0 kg.
His first Olympic Games denied Nerlinger, 1984 in Los Angeles. Due to the Soviet boycott of the games most classes were rather sparse and Nerlinger won with 397.5 kg behind Dean Lukin with 412.5 kg and 410.0 kg Mario Martinez with his first Olympic bronze medal. At the same time, this meant bronze at the World Cup, because both events were organized combined here one last time.
Just one year later for the World Cup in Södertälje 1985 Nerlinger could increase to 422.5 kg ( 185.0 kg / 237.5 kg ) and placed third behind Krastev with 437.5 kg and 432.5 kg Gunyashev with. At the World Cup in 1986 in Sofia he could with a duel income of 430.0 kg silver medal win again behind Krastev.
1987 in Ostrava, his trip now reached 450.0 kg ( 195.0 kg / 255.0 kg ) then due to the very strong competition, not for a single combat medal. Won had Kurlovich with 472.5 kg, with prior Taranenko 467.5 kg and 460.0 kg with Krastev. However, in pushing Nerlinger won bronze.
At the 1988 Olympics Nerlinger stood as medal favorite, especially after the Bulgarian Association 's Superschwergewichtler Krastev could no longer start because of previous doping scandal. Nerlinger was after tearing with 190.0 kg, after he had twice failed to 195.0 kg, in second place behind Kurlovich with 212.5 kg. In thrusting, he secured his early attempt of 240.0 kg silver medal and then waited. Kurlovich presented 250.0 kg and thus a duel income of 462.5 kg. Nerlinger then tried twice to 266.0 kg but failed the first time at the discharge and the second time on sales. Third Martin Zawieja was 415.0 kg.
At the World Championships in 1989 in Athens Nerlinger raised a total of 420.0 kg ( 177.5 kg / 242.5 kg ). Above all, its relatively poor performance in the snatch prevented a podium place in the duel. In thrusting, he won silver. First was again Kurlovich.
In 1990 Nerlinger then for the first time at a European Championship and raised here his absolute best. After 197.5 kg in the snatch, what bronze meant he pushed 257.5 kg and thus won a duel profit of 455.0 kg silver behind Kurlovich with 467.5 kg. Also for the European Championships in 1991 in Donaueschingen, he reached with 422.5 kg in second place, this time behind Taranenko with 447.5 kg. During the World Cup in the same year reached its capacity of 425.0 kg one more time for second place behind Kurlovich with 455.0 kg.
His third Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992 meant his third Olympic medal. With 412.5 kg ( 180.0 kg / 232.5 kg ) and only two of six valid attempts, he reached, due to its lower body weight compared to the fourth place, third place behind Kurlovich with 450.0 kg and 425.0 Taranenko with kg.
The following year, 1993 Nerlinger was able to win with 427.5 kg, before Tschemerkin with 425.0 kg, the European Championship. At the World Championships in Melbourne, however, he had to concede defeat Ronny Weller, who now took the first time in the Super Heavyweight over 108 kg. Weller scored 442.5 kg, 440.0 kg Nerlinger. In addition, he won silver in the snatch with 192.5 kg, as well as gold and jerk with 247.5 kilograms, which after 1992 meant a new world record after the restructuring of the classes.
1994 World Championships in Istanbul reached Nerlinger with 425.0 kg only fifth place. For EM 1995, however, his duel result of 417.5 kg handed back for the silver medal behind Tschemerkin with 442.5 kg. As for the World Cup in China, however, the number of participants was again stronger, Nerlinger placed with 427.5 kg in fourth place. The winner was again Tschemerkin before Weller.
His last international match played Nerlinger with the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. With its absolute highest competition weight of 164.42 kg, he scored 422.5 kg, which was sufficient at the high power density of this weight class for sixth place.
- Nerlinger is a car mechanic, was from 1980 to 1999 in the army and has a Certified Coaches completion of the Sports University in Cologne.
- From 2000 to 2007, he coached the junior in the Federation of German weightlifter.
- 2004, the Bavarian sports award, he was awarded in the category "Ambassadors of the Bavarian sport".
- In addition, Nerlinger operates in Munich a company that sells sports equipment weight lifting and strength sports in the area.
- Nerlinger has been married since 1994 and has two children.
- Throughout his career, Nerlinger presented on 37 German records.
- Tear: 197.5 kg at the European Championships in Aalborg in 1990 in the class over 110 kg.
- Launched: 260.0 kg at the 1988 Olympic Trials in the class over 110 kg.
- Duel: 455.0 kg at the European Championships in Aalborg in 1990 in the class over 110 kg.