Jay Silvester

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Jay Silvester
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Personal information
Full nameL Jay Silvester
BornAugust 27, 1937 (1937-08-27) (age 83)
Tremonton, Utah, U.S.
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight114 kg (251 lb)
SportDiscus throw
ClubSanta Clara Valley Youth Village

L Jay Silvester (born August 27, 1937) is an American retired athlete who mainly competed in the discus throw. In this event he finished in fourth, fifth, second and eighth place at the 1964, 1968, 1972 Summer Olympics and 1976 Summer Olympics, respectively, and won a bronze medal at the 1975 Pan American Games.

During his career, Silvester won five AAU discus titles and set four world records, two in 1961 and two in 1968. His personal bests were 70.38 m in the discus (1971, unofficial world record) and 20.01 m in the shot put.

After retirement, he worked as professor of physical education at Brigham Young University.[1]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Jay Silvester". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on September 22, 2013.

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Preceded by
United States Rink Babka
Men's Discus World Record Holder
August 11, 1961 – May 18, 1962
Succeeded by
United States Al Oerter
Preceded by
Czechoslovakia Ludvík Daněk
Men's Discus World Record Holder
equalled by Sweden Ricky Bruch on 1972-07-05

May 25, 1968 – March 14, 1975
Succeeded by
South Africa John van Reenen