Mac Wilkins

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Mac Wilkins
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 1976 Montreal Discus throw
Silver 1984 Los Angeles Discus throw
Pan American Games
Gold 1979 San Juan Discus throw

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

Wilkins competed for the United States in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, 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 also won a silver medal with the discus at the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, after missing the 1980 games due to the American boycott. He was 5th in the 1988 Games in Seoul Korea.

Wilkins was recruited to the University of Oregon by the famous distance running coach Bill Bowerman where he threw the javelin 78.44m, 257' 8" as a 19 year old freshman. As a senior he was NCAA Champion in the discus and won the first of Eight US National Championships in the discus. He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.

With the death of Al Oerter on 1 October 2007, Wilkins is the earliest surviving Olympic Champion in the Men's Discus. He is not the oldest as Viktor Rashchupkin, the 1980 Champion, is almost exactly 1 month older.

Wilkins broke the World's Record Four times in his career. During his discus throw series from May 1, 1976, he set the world record three times with consecutive throws of 69.80m, 70.24m, and 70.86m.

Mac was ranked #1 in the World in 1976 and 1980 in the discus. He was National Champion indoors in the shot put in 1977 with a best of 21.06m, 69' 1.5".

From 2006 through 2013 Wilkins coached the throws at Concordia University, an NAIA school, in Portland, OR. His throwers won 26 individual National Championships and earned 94 All-American honors.

In August 2013, Wilkins left Concordia University to coach for USATF in Chula Vista California.[1]

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Records
Preceded by
United States John Powell
Men's Discus World Record Holder
April 24, 1976 – August 9, 1978
Succeeded by
East Germany Wolfgang Schmidt