1960 Olympian crashes 50-meter barrier for discus WR
Rome Olympian Carmelo Rado has owned his event in Italy since the 1960s.
Our hero Al Oerter is gone, but his event — and contemporaries — go on. Word arrived yesterday that at an Italian masters meet Sunday, a 1960 Olympic rival of Oerter’s named Carmelo Rado threw the 1-kilogram discus 55.27 meters (181-4) for a mammoth M70 world record. Carmelo is 74. According to Rosa Marchi and this report, Carmelo called it the “launch of his life.” He demolished the listed M70 record of 49.92 (163-9) by Finland’s Veikko Ryyti two years ago. Carmelo has been a masters thrower for decades. At the 1985 world masters championships in Rome, he won M50 bronze with a 2-kilo toss of 49.90 (163-8). Carmelo took seventh in the 1960 Rome Olympics and in 1961 was Italian national champion the year after Adolfo Consolini.