James Randel MATSON

United States of America USA

Athletics

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
    1 S
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Tokyo 1964
  • Year of Birth
    1945
Olympic Results

Biography

James Randel MATSON

After failing by a narrow margin to defeat Dallas Long at the 1964 Olympics, Randy Matson enjoyed a comfortable win at the 1968 Games. In 1964, as a freshman at Texas A&M, he also won the first of his six AAU shot titles and at the NCAA championships he scored a shot/discus double in 1966-67. He also won the shot at the 1965 NCAA indoor and the 1967 Pan American Games. Matson officially improved the world shot record twice culminating with a mark of 71-5½ (21.78) in April 1967. Earlier in the month he threw the discus 213-9 (65.15) which was then only two and one-half inches off the world record. When Matson set his first world record of 70-7¼ (21.52) in May 1965, he became the first man to break the 70-foot barrier. He also had three other marks which surpassed the world record but were not ratified. Before retiring he came close to making the Olympic team for a third time when he placed fourth at the 1972 Final Trials.

Personal Bests: SP – 71-5½ (21.78) (1967); DT – 213-9 (65.15 (1967).

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Mexico City 1968

G
Shot Put
Shot Put Athletics
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Tokyo 1964

S
Shot Put
Shot Put Athletics