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.

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May 10, 2009

7 Responses

  1. Paul Ossmann - May 10, 2009

    Here is the video of Roald’s great throw. Initial mark was later corrected by steel tape measurement……enjoy!!

  2. Roald - May 10, 2009

    thx paul.
    that was a lot of fun yesterday – worked out for 3 hours when I got home from the meet – had a little extra energy for some reason :)
    guess I did not make the news yesterday – bumped out by the “World Record” Atlanta Pancake cook off or eating competition thing….puts things into perspective eh… :)

  3. Matt - May 10, 2009

    Isn’t his throw like 73-74% of the WR and Gault more like 12% slower(if Bolt runs a bit quicker this year) so Gault is at least 88% compared to the WR?
    Still amazing throwing no doubt. Just don’t think their are as many high school and college Jav throwers as 100 meter runners, so of course it is tough for Gault to make the top 50, but I imagine it would be the same if their were as many throwers as sprinters. Goofy logic maybe.
    Anyway hats off to ROALD, can’t wait to see the mark he puts up at Outdoor Nats.

  4. Zhangwei - May 12, 2009

    Congratulations made you want to congratulate you on your achievements! Your move is our young people like to throw a model of movement

  5. mary elrod - May 12, 2009

    That is absolutely fabulous.

  6. Anna Bradley - May 16, 2009

    Roald, Congratulation on all your life work but this one is amazing. You are certainly raising the bar for all master athletes and the rest of us. Anna Bradley

  7. Abraham - July 25, 2009

    Roald, you are truly an amazing thrower.

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