Jud Logan destroys M50 world records in hammer, WT

Jud: WR holder

Jud Logan told me two years ago that he was aiming to take down the M50 world records in the hammer and weight throw, plotting a two-year training program. A four-time Olympian,  Jud said: “I am trying to surprise no one. Everyone that knows me is encouraging this attempt at the 6(KG) and of course the 25-pound weight. Jim Wetenhall (holder of the M50 AR in the weight throw) is my hero and the first to plant the seed.”  Jud turned 50 in July, so the only surprise is: What took him so long? Maybe he was waiting to compete in a meet Jim put on.  This weekend, Jud threw at the USATF-sanctioned Falcon weight meet at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. His best marks: 71.71 (235-3) in the hammer and 24.24 (79-6 1/2) in the weight throw. World records by 16 feet and 7 feet, respectively. These are mammoth throws. On the Age-Graded Tables, they correspond to open (ages 20-30) marks of 274 feet 3 inches and 88-5.


I wrote Jim Wetenhall and he provided a few details, including Jud’s series.

In the weight, Jud opened with a foul and then threw 21.8 (71-6 1/4), 23.99 (78-8 1/2), 23.86 (78-3 1/2), foul and 24.44.  In the hammer, his opener was 71.71, followed by 71.32 (234-0), foul, foul and 68.97 (226-3).  In other words, Jud exceeded the listed WMA world record of 66.92 (by Britain’s Chris Black) on his three legal throws. He beat the listed weight record of 22.52 (by Greece’s Vasilis Maganas) on three throws as well. 

The old American records for M50 were 63.76 (209-2) by Tom Gage and 20.76 (68-1) by Ken Jansson, who should be returning from Sydney soon. Ken won a bunch of medals at the World Masters Games.

Jim says complete meet results will be posted this coming week on the Bowling Green State University Web site (probably in the track area).

Jud’s all-time best in the 16-pound hammer is 268-8. In 2000, when he competed in the Sydney Olympics at age 41, he spun the hammer 248-1. That should be the American record, since the listed M40 record is still 74.34 (243-10) by Ed Burke. Here are WMA specs for implements, BTW.
Reaction has begun to trickle in, including a note I got from world champion George Mathews (a hammer and weight specialist), who wrote from Idaho:

If an 18-year-old, Conor McCullough can throw the 25-pound (weight) 94 feet, Jud can do 79. It will be interesting to see if he has the certified officials for witness, sanction, weighing, steel tape etc. Fills out the forms correctly.

More Olympians, the more records will be broken as their egos let them come back to the sport. He doesn’t have to throw the 35lb. less than he did before. The new lower weight is a different thing. This is all good for Masters T&F as long as other competitors aren’t intimidated by it.

At The Ring, a throws message board, hammer star A.G. Kruger wrote:

In about 45 degree weather in Bowling Green Ohio, my coach Jud Logan broke the masters 50+ weight throw and hammer throw world records with the throw in the weight of 24.24m and 71.71m in the the hammer. It was a great atmosphere and very happy for him. Much more for him to come and we had a nice celebration to go along with. Congrats just and you are always an inspiration.

Jud has been a phenom for decades, as indicated by this 1985 article in Track & Field News. Now a coach at Ashland University, Jud continues to keep the hammer flame burning.

His latest efforts show he still carries a torch for the event.

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October 18, 2009

11 Responses

  1. Tom Fahey - October 18, 2009

    Congratulations to Judd for his magnificent throws.

  2. Ken Stone - October 18, 2009

    Jim Wetenhall informs that the weights were measured and “paper wk filled out 3 signatures” on the records applications. Keep your fingers crossed.

  3. Phxdoc - October 18, 2009

    Awesome throws Mr. Logan.
    That performance is nothing but good (great!) for Masters throwing. If we had more great throwers out there after their competitive “prime” crushing new marks it would “lift all boats”.
    Ideally, Masters events would actually include these phenomenal athletes as well as the rest of us great, good and OK athletes. How cool would it be to step into the same ring and throw right after Wilkens or Logan? Humbling but exhilirating.

  4. Weia Reinboud - October 19, 2009

    Awfully far!!
    But please, for all measurements also metric distances. This is one of the best masters sites in the world and there is only one country using feet and inches.

  5. Anonymous - October 19, 2009

    Those records might last for a while…unless Judd breaks them himself.
    I think age-graded conversions are a joke, though.

  6. Weia Reinboud - October 19, 2009

    They are a joke. Ruth Frith in the pentathlon 11422 points…

  7. Justin Carvalho - October 19, 2009

    I wanted to congratulate Jud on his historic day and thank him for choosing to have it at Bowling Green Sate University. I had the chance throw against Jud at the USA Nationals (97, 99) and at the 2000 Olympic Trials, and getting to throw against him again this past weekend I can tell you that there was no difference in his competiveness between then and now.
    Jud is consummate professional in all aspects and has done a tremendous amount for the sport of track and field in the US, especially the hammer and weight throw. He continues to lead from the front, inspiring the next generation of the US throwers and coaches, and I wish him the best of luck in all of his future endeavors.
    I also wanted to thank Jim and Kathy Wettenhall for all their help in setting up the meet; I could not have done it with out you guys! Also, congratulation to Jim Wettenhall for breaking the throws pentathlon American record in the 55 to 59 age group, way to go man!
    For those of you not familiar with Bowling Green State University; BGSU has had a rich throws tradition in the past, and my hope is to reestablish that tradition now and in to the future. I am now in my fourth year at BG and this meet is apart of that plan and will be a yearly event. I hope to see more competitors and fan out next year. Please contact me if you have any questions regarding our throws meets. carvalj@bgsu.edu
    Justin T. Carvalho
    Assistant Women’s Track & Field Coach
    Bowling Green State University
    Bowling Green Ohio

  8. ? - October 19, 2009

    BGSU also had a strong distance running tradition! Until they dropped Men’s Track and Field!!!!!!! Forget BGSU until they bring back and fund Men’s Track and Field!

  9. Jeff Brown - October 19, 2009

    Congrats to Jud. I threw at BGSU from 75-80 and threw against Jud. It is very exciting to Masters throwing to have this caliber of thrower back into the ring. It is inspiring and I look forward to once again competing against Jud…not looking forward to getting my ass kicked, but looking forward to see the hammer fly.

  10. Anonymous - October 19, 2009

    He posted the youtube link on another site
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPndfmUmr3c

  11. Bob Cedrone - October 19, 2009

    24.24 and 71.71? Wow.Wow and OMG.OMG!
    I think that this is an extremely positive step for Masters Track in general and Masters Throwing in particular. I also believe that “we ain’t seen nuthin’ yet”! Jud Logan is certainly capable of throwing even further than this, and if he can stay properly motivated, can set HT and WT marks we may not see broken for a long, long time.

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