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Mac Wilkins

Mac Wilkins

American discus thrower and athlete
Mac Wilkins
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Intro American discus thrower and athlete
Is Athlete Discus thrower
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 15 November 1950, Eugene, USA
Age 70 years
Star sign Scorpio
Stats
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 115 kg
Education
Beaverton High School
Awards
Bislett medal 1981
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Biography

Mac Maurice Wilkins (born November 15, 1950) is an American athlete, who competed mainly in the discus throw. He was born in Eugene, Oregon and graduated in 1969 from Beaverton High School in Beaverton, Oregon.

College

Famous distance running coach Bill Bowerman recruited Wilkins to the University of Oregon, where he threw the javelin 257' 8" (78.43m) as a 19-year-old freshman. As a senior, he was NCAA champion in the discus and won the first of eight U.S. national championships in the discus. He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.

Olympics

Wilkins competed for the United States in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in the discus throw, where he won the gold medal with a distance of 221' 5" to defeat Wolfgang Schmidt of East Germany by four feet. Wilkins qualified for the 1980 U.S. Olympic team but did not compete due to the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott. He did however receive one of 461 Congressional Gold Medals created especially for the spurned athletes.

Wilkins won a silver medal in the discus throw at the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles. He placed 5th in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.

World records

Wilkins broke the world record four times in his career. During his discus throw series on May 1, 1976 in San Jose, California, he set the world record three times with consecutive throws of 69.80 m, 70.24 m, and 70.86 m. In 1976 and 1980, Wilkins was ranked #1 in the world in the discus throw. In 1977, he was the indoor national champion in the shot put, with a throw of 69' 1.5" (21.06 m).

Coaching

From 2006 thru 2013, Wilkins was the throws coach at Concordia University, an NAIA school in Portland, Oregon. His throwers won 26 individual national championships and earned 94 All-American honors. When Al Oerter died on 1 October 2007, Wilkins became the earliest surviving Olympic champion in the men's discus. He is not the oldest; Viktor Rashchupkin—the 1980 champion—is almost a month older. In August 2013, Wilkins left Concordia University to coach for USATF in Chula Vista, California.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 26 May 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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https://web.archive.org/web/20200417175218/https://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/wi/mac-wilkins-1.html
http://trackfield.brinkster.net/Profile.asp?ID=7223&Gender=M
https://coachtube.com/users/MacWilkins
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3Q-uPV4AAo
https://www.iaaf.org/athletes/_/3118
https://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no2014013201
https://viaf.org/viaf/308181101
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/lccn-no2014013201
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