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Randy Matson

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameJames Randel "Randy"•Matson
Used nameRandy•Matson
Born5 March 1945 in Kilgore, Texas (USA)
Measurements200 cm / 120 kg
AffiliationsHouston Striders, Houston (USA)
NOC(s) United States

Biography

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).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1964 Summer Olympics Athletics Shot Put, Men Olympic 2 Silver Representing United States    
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics Shot Put, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing United States    

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1964 Summer Olympics 17 October 1964 Athletics Shot Put, Men Final Round, Round Three 19.88 1
1964 Summer Olympics 17 October 1964 Athletics Shot Put, Men Final Round, Round Four 20.20 2
1968 Summer Olympics 13 October 1968 Athletics Shot Put, Men Qualifying Round, Group A 20.68 1

Special Notes