Three Things I Know... About Rotational Shot & Discusby Mac Wilkins
These three essential elements of the throw can be taught the first day to beginners and must be mastered by professionals.
Over the years I have always looked for the common denominator for the throws. What is true at all levels of throwing? What is easy to understand for beginners and what the best in the world must do to achieve their best. These three concepts can be the foundation of great technique with any personal style. They are the building blocks that need to be refined every year. They are also great high level concepts to focus on in the final phase of preparation for the "Big Meet" of the year.
Mac Wilkins is an American Olympic athlete who was once the best discus and shot put thrower in the world.
Mac Wilkins the Coach…
In Eight Years from 2006 through 2013 Wilkins coached the throws at Concordia University, 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 the USATF at the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista California.
He has contributed as a part time coach or consultant to the following throwers:
•2012- Krishna Poonia, India #6 London Olympics
•2010- Krishna Poonia, India Commonwealth Champion, W-DT
•2010- Jason Y USA #1 US M-DT, Olympian
•2009- Dani S, Australia World Champion W-DT
•2008- Stephanie T USA Olympic Champion W-DT
•2008 Annie Hess, Concordia U. Longest US College W-DT at any level in 2008,
(3 years from 45m, 147’ to 58.69m, 192')
•2001- Adam S USA #5 World Championships
•2000- Adam S USA #5 Sydney Olympics M-DT
*1996 - Adam S USA Finalist Atlanta Olympic Games
*1988 '92 '96 Ramon Jimenez Gaona Paraguay Olympian & Pac-10 Champion
*1976 '80 Lynne Winbigler Anderson USA Olympian & National Champion
Mac Wilkins the Thrower…
Olympic Gold Medal 1976
Olympic Silver Medal 1984
Olympic 5th place 1988
Four Times World Record Holder
Eight Times US National Champion in the Discus
Ranked #1 in the World in 1976 and 1980 in the discus.
US National Champion 1977 Indoor Shot Put - 69’ 1.5”, 21.06m
At the University of Oregon he threw the javelin 78.44m, 257' 8" as a 19 year old freshman.
As a senior he was NCAA Champion and won the first of his eight US titles.
All Time Life Records...
Discus 70.98m 232' 10" Shot Put 21.06m 69’ 1.5” Javelin 78.44m 257' 4" Hammer 63.88m 208’ 10”.
May 1, 1976, he broke the World’s Record on his first three consecutive attempts at 69.80m, 70.24m, and 70.86m.