Mac Wilkens

Event: Discus

Inducted to Hall of Fame: 1979

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Mt. SAC Relays Highlights
Career Highlights

Mac got his 1976 Olympic campaign off to a flying start by setting a World Record (226-11) at the Relays. This surely must be one of the shortest lived World Records set at Mt. SAC, as Mac bettered that mark three times (on three successive throws) in a competition the following week. Later that year, he claimed the gold medal at the Montreal Olympics.

Mac was a member of four U.S. Olympic Teams. In addition to the gold medal he won in Montreal, he captured a silver medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Mac retired briefly after Los Angeles. He returned to competition -- and Mt. SAC -- in 1988. After winning his second Mt. SAC title, Mac went on to win the Olympic Trials, and then place 5th at the Seoul Olympics.

Mac was an eight-time national champion, the Pan-Am champion in 1979, and the NCAA champion in 1973 while a student at the University of Oregon.

His third world record throw (230-5, 70.24m) made him the first thrower in history to exceed 70 meters. He continues to hold the mark (10) for the most career throws over 70 meters. His PR throw of 232-10 in 1980 still ranks as one of the 20 furthest throws in discus history.

Born: 1950

College: University of Oregon

  • 1975: 2nd, 212-10
  • 1976: 1st, 226-11 (69.16m)
  • 1977: 2nd, 216-11
  • 1979: 5th, 200-0
  • 1980: 2nd, 213-4
  • 1983: 4th, 217-1
  • 1984: 2nd, 221-1
  • 1988: 1st, 222-11 (67.96m)
  • 1989: 2nd, 210-10
  • PRs:
    • discus: 232-10 (70.98m)
    • shot: 69-1 1/4
    • javelin: 257-4
    • hammer: 208-10
  • Broke World Record 4 times:
    • 1976: 226-11 (69.18m)
    • 1976: 229-0 (69.80m)
    • 1976: 230-5 (70.24m)
    • 1976: 232-6 (70.86m)
  • Broke American Record 5 times:
    • 1976: 226-11 (69.18m)
    • 1976: 229-0 (69.80m)
    • 1976: 230-5 (70.24m)
    • 1976: 232-6 (70.86m)
    • 1980: 232-10 (70.98m)
  • Olympic Gold Medal, 1976
    • 221-5 (67.50m)
  • Olympic Silver Medal, 1984
    • 217-6 (66.30m)
  • Olympic 5th place finish, 1988
    • 216-2 (65.90m)
  • U.S. National Champion:
    • 1973: 211-11
    • 1976: 230-0
    • 1977: 227-0
    • 1978: 219-9
    • 1979: 231-10
    • 1980: 224-3
    • 1982: 223-9 (2nd, top American)
    • 1988: 214-2
  • Pan-Am Champion, 1979
    • 207-8 (63.30m)
  • NCAA Champion, 1973
    • 203-11

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