Bradstock isn’t the Babe: calling his shot falls short
Babe Ruth, whose legend included the “called shot” home run of 1932, might appreciate the plight. It isn’t easy to deliver on an athletic promise. After announcing that he’d go for an M45 world record in the javelin, Roald Bradstock reports that conditions failed to cooperate. “Well I did not throw anything earth shattering,” he writes after Saturday’s outing in Clermont, Florida. “It
was quite chilly, which was not really a factor, but the direction of
the wind was. It seemed to push the javelins down rather then holding
them or lifting them. Oh well. My best throw was 67.02 (219-10) — (on) my first throw. From
looking at the video, which will be up on YouTube this week, it is very
noticeable how I am coming out of my power position too early. This is
very common the first few meets. My goal was 70-72 meters (229-8 to 236-3) and another
3m with a really good wind. I had not counted on a crappy wind.”
Roald went on to say that he wasn’t making any excuses or apologies, but that “it was great to be back throwing — and throwing with 40 pounds less body weight is a lot more fun. Not surprisingly I got a lot of questions about my new training program and diet — apparently the loss of the extra padding is quite noticeable.”
Well then. Welcome back, Mr. Skinny.
Have a great season.