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Randy Matson World Record Shot Put 21.52 and 21.78 1965-67.mp4
Randy Matson World Record Shot Put 21.52 and 21.78 1965-67.mp4
Published: 2012/03/24
Channel: Elevate TrackandField
Randy Matson shot put
Randy Matson shot put
Published: 2006/08/12
Channel: werner2275
Randy Matson
Randy Matson's Induction into the Texas Track & Field Coaches Hall of Fame
Published: 2012/01/11
Channel: TTFCAv
randy matson discus throw
randy matson discus throw
Published: 2010/08/30
Channel: throwhammer
Randy Matson Olympics 1968 [20.54m]
Randy Matson Olympics 1968 [20.54m]
Published: 2008/01/07
Channel: rendlaW
randy matson shot put
randy matson shot put
Published: 2010/08/30
Channel: throwhammer
Randy Matson USA (Shot put & discus) 1967
Randy Matson USA (Shot put & discus) 1967
Published: 2017/06/29
Channel: Gerlof Holkema
Randy Matson
Randy Matson's Induction into Texas Track & Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame
Published: 2012/01/11
Channel: TTFCAv
Eli matson Finals Performance - America
Eli matson Finals Performance - America's got Talent
Published: 2008/09/25
Channel: agt2008vids
Buffalo Stampede 2014 - Olympic Gold Medalist, Randy Matson
Buffalo Stampede 2014 - Olympic Gold Medalist, Randy Matson
Published: 2014/08/14
Channel: dcowman12
She Never Knew Love - by T Paul Matson
She Never Knew Love - by T Paul Matson
Published: 2015/11/26
Channel: Compassion4Others
Eli Mattson America
Eli Mattson America's Got Talent Audition - Walking In Memphis
Published: 2008/08/13
Channel: EliMattson
1972 Olympic Games - Men
1972 Olympic Games - Men's Shot put Final
Published: 2017/06/02
Channel: Gerlof Holkema
Mother shares memories of fallen Olympian
Mother shares memories of fallen Olympian
Published: 2016/05/15
Channel: 48 Hours
Must Have Done Something Right - Music Video
Must Have Done Something Right - Music Video
Published: 2013/03/14
Channel: Samantha Mattson
To the Family I
To the Family I've Never Met - James Matson - MVHS Poetry Slam 2015
Published: 2015/04/25
Channel: MvhsPoetryClub
Al Feuerbach WR.avi
Al Feuerbach WR.avi
Published: 2012/04/05
Channel: Guidry Throws
Ed Marcinkiewicz Presents Randy Matson at the TTFCA Hall of Fame Ceremony 1/6/12
Ed Marcinkiewicz Presents Randy Matson at the TTFCA Hall of Fame Ceremony 1/6/12
Published: 2012/01/11
Channel: TTFCAv
World Record Shot Put slow motion form analysis - Glide Technique
World Record Shot Put slow motion form analysis - Glide Technique
Published: 2012/03/26
Channel: Elevate TrackandField
SHOT PUT WORLD RECORD PROGRESSION
SHOT PUT WORLD RECORD PROGRESSION
Published: 2009/03/24
Channel: 70footer
Lostboys - Shot Song
Lostboys - Shot Song
Published: 2013/04/17
Channel: Randy O
Randy
Randy
Published: 2008/06/30
Channel: DFergusonFilm
Matson
Matson's - Dana (guitar) Randy (Harp) Carl (Vocal)
Published: 2017/08/07
Channel: Suzanne Matson
Wedding of Benjamin Mattila to Renae Matson
Wedding of Benjamin Mattila to Renae Matson
Published: 2016/10/08
Channel: Hockinson Apostolic Lutheran Church
Wake up 2day- Business Report with Randy Havre
Wake up 2day- Business Report with Randy Havre
Published: 2014/12/29
Channel: KHON2 News
Loveline September 7, 2004 (April Matson)
Loveline September 7, 2004 (April Matson)
Published: 2016/12/05
Channel: Poppler 1
Healing with Sound: Secret Sounds - Ancient Sounds that Advanced your Consciousness
Healing with Sound: Secret Sounds - Ancient Sounds that Advanced your Consciousness
Published: 2012/10/18
Channel: Jill Mattson
Kieren and Amanda Matson Wedding
Kieren and Amanda Matson Wedding
Published: 2015/07/12
Channel: Hockinson Apostolic Lutheran Church
Golden Age of Gliders
Golden Age of Gliders
Published: 2007/03/24
Channel: afshotputter
Indoor Athletics Meet In San Francisco   (1966)
Indoor Athletics Meet In San Francisco (1966)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Nikki Comparison with Randy Barnes - 04/05/2012
Nikki Comparison with Randy Barnes - 04/05/2012
Published: 2012/04/05
Channel: Guidry Throws
Russian Shot put training, Denis Ananiev with Andrej Michnevitsj (PB: 22,10).
Russian Shot put training, Denis Ananiev with Andrej Michnevitsj (PB: 22,10).
Published: 2017/07/10
Channel: Gerlof Holkema
GoPro and Line of the Winter
GoPro and Line of the Winter
Published: 2016/02/24
Channel: Randy Matson
Jimmy
Jimmy's morning cartoons
Published: 2017/05/13
Channel: randy matson
Jimmy arrives @ NC State Vet
Jimmy arrives @ NC State Vet
Published: 2017/04/17
Channel: randy matson
How Great Thou Art
How Great Thou Art
Published: 2017/01/22
Channel: Suzanne Matson
Jimmy
Jimmy's 1st day home after Radiation Therapy. Good times.
Published: 2017/04/30
Channel: randy matson
Beaver Creek Dec 2015
Beaver Creek Dec 2015
Published: 2015/12/28
Channel: Randy Matson
shot 67
shot 67
Published: 2015/08/08
Channel: Dissa Allen
Trina and Randy
Trina and Randy's Luau Party
Published: 2017/06/14
Channel: Danny Matson
Randy and Erica Wedding
Randy and Erica Wedding
Published: 2015/09/13
Channel: Hockinson Apostolic Lutheran Church
Celebration Of Life
Celebration Of Life
Published: 2008/08/06
Channel: CarMattson
Al Feuerbach WR No Text.avi
Al Feuerbach WR No Text.avi
Published: 2012/04/05
Channel: Guidry Throws
Edward SARUL (21,39 meters) - Shot Put Gold at 1983 World Athletics
Edward SARUL (21,39 meters) - Shot Put Gold at 1983 World Athletics
Published: 2017/07/01
Channel: Gerlof Holkema
Lostboys - Crying Out
Lostboys - Crying Out
Published: 2013/04/17
Channel: Randy O
Laut family remembers Dave Laut
Laut family remembers Dave Laut
Published: 2016/04/09
Channel: Ventura County Star
Shotput Retrieval System In Action
Shotput Retrieval System In Action
Published: 2016/06/05
Channel: Thomas Wade
Randi Mattson
Randi Mattson
Published: 2009/02/25
Channel: rickyicemanbarrera
Ben Plucknett (world record holder in discus and highland games).
Ben Plucknett (world record holder in discus and highland games).
Published: 2017/06/05
Channel: Gerlof Holkema
1972 Olympic Games Men
1972 Olympic Games Men's Shot Final
Published: 2012/05/30
Channel: JamesThrowing
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Randy Matson
Randy Matson 1968.jpg
Personal information
Full name James Randel Matson
Born (1945-03-05) March 5, 1945 (age 72)
Pampa, Texas, United States
Height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight 265 lb (120 kg)
Sport
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Shot put, discus throw
Club Atletica Pistoia
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) SP – 71–5½ (21.78 m, 1967)
DT – 213–9 (65.15 m, 1967)

James Randel "Randy" Matson (born March 5, 1945) is an American track and field athlete who mostly competed in the shot put. He won a silver medal at the 1964 and a gold medal at the 1968 Olympics.[1]

Early years[edit]

The son of Charles and Ellen Matson, Randy Matson was reared in Pampa, the seat of Gray County in the Texas Panhandle. At the age of twelve, he participated in his first track meet. He won the 50-yard dash, the 100-yard dash, the long jump and the high jump and finished sixth in the shot put. He attended Pampa High School, where he was a three-sport standout in American football, basketball, and track and field. He won All-District football honors, and was a two-time All-District and one-time All-State basketball player, averaging 15 points per game. In track and field, he was a two-time State Champion in both the shot put and the discus and could run the 100 yard dash in 10.2 seconds. This led him to be named an All-State and All-American in track and field. He was Track and Field News "High School Athlete of the Year" in 1963.[2]

Amateur career[edit]

Matson is considered by many[by whom?] to be the greatest shot putter of all time, considering his massive improvement of the world record. He chose to attend Texas A&M University, where he continued to work on his shot put skills. In his first full year of using the heavier college (adult or Senior) shot (16 pounds), Matson won the Olympic Silver Medal in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

From 1965 through 1971, Matson entered 79 competitions and won 73 of them. In a two-month span in 1965 he broke the world record three times, adding over 2 feet to the previous mark, until it stood at 21.52 m (70 ft 7 in). He earned his B.B.A. in Marketing from Texas A&M in 1967, and was then drafted by teams in the National Football League, National Basketball Association, and the American Basketball Association. He turned them all down to concentrate on track and field. He had a considerable rivalry with Neal Steinhauer, but usually came out on top.

Matson improved his world record to 21.78 m (71 ft 5 in) in 1967, and was rewarded with the James E. Sullivan Award, given to the nation's outstanding amateur athlete. He earned the Olympic Gold Medal at the Mexico City Games in 1968, and was named the 1970 Track and Field News Athlete of the Year. He was on the June 1970 and January 1971 covers of Track and Field News.[3]

In 1967 he threw the discus to within three inches (8 cm) of the (then) world record, and was briefly considered as a possible double Olympic champion in shot and discus—like Bud Houser in 1924—but Matson only competed in the shot in Mexico City.[1] On that same day Matson threw the shot over 70 feet three times and the discus over 200 feet three times.

He narrowly missed making the 1972 Olympic team when he finished fourth at the Olympic Trials.[1] Matson retired after that contest as the only man who, up to that time, had ever thrown a shot over 70 feet. He was inducted into the Texas A&M Hall of Fame in 1972, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1974, the National Sports Hall of Fame in 1981, the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1984,[4] the National High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Texas Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame in 2012.[5]

Career highlights[edit]

  • Personal Record: 21.78 m (71 ft 5 in)
  • Olympic Gold Medal, 1968: 20.54 m (67 ft 5 in)
  • Olympic Silver Medal, 1964: 20.20 m (66 ft 3 in)
  • US National Champion in 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, and 1972
  • NCAA Shot Put Champion 1966 and 1967
  • NCAA Discus Champion 1966 and 1967
  • Broke Shot Put World Record four times – annual bests for those years:
    • 1965: 21.52 m (70 ft 7 in)
    • 1967: 21.78 m (71 ft 5 in)

Post-retirement[edit]

Matson has dedicated his post-sports career to Texas A&M University. He joined The Association of Former Students in 1972, and served as their executive director from 1979 until his retirement in 1999; he was subsequently honored to be chosen the keynote speaker for the 2000 Aggie Muster held on the A&M campus.

In 2003, the Texas A&M Foundation created the post of Senior Philanthropic Officer for him. Once the foundation had completed its One Spirit One Vision fundraising campaign in 2007, far exceeding its goal, Matson announced his resignation. He had suffered from heart trouble in 2004 and wished to spend more time with his six young grandchildren.

Matson is married to the former Margaret Burns, a 1966 graduate of Abilene Christian University, where she served as a cheerleader. They have three children, Jessica, who is married to Russell Camp of Amarillo, Jim, and Cole, all of whom graduated from Texas A&M. Matson and his family live in College Station, Texas.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Records
Preceded by
United States Dallas Long
Men's Shot Put World Record Holder
May 8, 1965 – May 5, 1973
Succeeded by
United States Al Feuerbach
Awards
Preceded by
United States Bill Toomey
Track & Field News Athlete of the Year
1970
Succeeded by
United States Rod Milburn
Preceded by
Forrest Beaty
Track & Field News High School Boys Athlete of the Year
1979
Succeeded by
Gerry Lindgren

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