Roald Bradstock ups own American record in M45 javelin
Roald Bradstock might wish he was a former NFL star. Willie Gault’s 10.80 at age 48 became the talk of the Net in recent weeks, mainly because Willie once did the Super Bowl Shuffle. But Willie’s 100 at Mt. SAC can’t hold a candle to Roald’s latest mark — an M45 American record in the javelin yesterday at the Georgia Invitational near his home in Marietta. (See results here.) Roald, a British Olympian who later became a U.S. citizen, threw the 800-gram stick 72.49 meters (237-10) to beat his own listed AR of 71.75 (235-4) in May 2007. The listed M45 world record is 77.15 (253-1) by Germany’s Peter Blank in 2007. How good is RB’s latest throw? It will soon make the Top 10 Open list on usatf.org. Willie’s 10.80, while phenomenal, falls way short of the high school top 50 list.
At the 2008 Olympic Trials, where Roald was the oldest male entrant, he thought he had competed in his last elite nationals. But his latest throws qualify him for the 2009 U.S. National Championships in late June — back in Eugene.
He blasted way beyond the 70.50 (231-3) qualifying standard, making him eligible to compete for a spot on the U.S. team for the IAAF World Championships in Berlin this summer.
Roald shared the news of his first competition as a 47-year-old, describing his fifth meet of 2009:
Conditions . . . very nice — finally! The series, in order: 71.05 (233-1), 67.09 (220-1) 72.49 (237-10), 69.56 (228-3), 72.06 (236-5) and 67.49 (221-5). This was best throw and series of throws in competiton in five years.
By my calculation . . . I broke the following records:
1. My own America Age Group Record (45- 49) – twice
2. Broke the World Age Record for 47 – at least 3 times
3. Broke the American Age record for 47 with all 6 throws
4. All 6 throws are 8 to 13m past the British Age Group Record
Paul Ossman, fellow master athlete . . . and local Atlanta NBC weather man, captured the entire occasion on film (72.49m). It might get aired tonight on the local news and it will definitely be up on my YouTube account within the next few days. I don’t know if it was just me, but man did my arm look fast!
Not as fast as Willie Gault’s legs, maybe. But certainly deserving as much attention.