Event: Hammer Throw
PR: 79.24m/260-0 (1999)
Born: May 26, 1972 in San Jose, Calif.
Current Residence: San Jose, Calif.
High School: Bellarmine Prep (San Jose, Calif.) '90
College: Georgetown '95
Coach: Ed Burke
Agent: John Nubani
Club: New York AC
Career Highlights: Two-time
Olympian (1996, 2000); Two-time U.S. Champion (01, 97); 4-time World
Championships Team member; 1991 USA Junior champion.
Kevin McMahon has stepped up to assume the mantle of the top American hammer thrower. McMahon's older brother, Pat, was a thrower...Kevin started throwing with the local Explorer's Post, which had become the scene of world-class throws coaching under the guidance of Olympic throwers Ed Burke and Mac Wilkins: "They were helping kids out for free," says McMahon...originally McMahon specialized in SP and DT: "I saw them throwing the hammer but that was low on the Cool Scale since it wasn't a high school event in California." The switch came when "Ed took me aside and said, 'You're never going to be 6-6, 300lb. But you could be your size and be a world champion in the hammer.' The light just kind of went on. But what really got me was the actual throwing. It's an addictive thing. The hammer has got to be one of the most technical events in track & field. When you get it right, it's incredible"...says that fellow Olympian Dave Popejoy also threw with the group, and was a major motivator for him...threw the shot and discus a few times in college, with bests of 49-11.5 and 158...In 1998, McMahon made the move back to San Jose from the East, taking a job teaching computer design at his alma mater, Bellarmine Prep, an all-boys Jesuit school. He also teaches World Literature...recently returned to the coaching of Burke.
1st at Berkeley (74.07m/243-0)1st
at San Francisco (70.82m/232-4)did not compete at USA Outdoor
Championshipsbest of 74.07m/243-0.
2002: Competing with a hurt back, finished 3rd at USA Outdoors (73.65m/241-7)1st at PacUSA (75.90m/249-0AL)1st at Silver State (75.00m/246-0)1st at Modesto (73.76m/242-0)1st at Nike Prefontaine (73.48m/241-1)1st at Salinas (73.28m/240-5)1st at San Francisco (72.25m/237-0)ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 75.90m/249-0.
2001: 1st at USA Outdoors (76.52/251-0), the best mark by an American in 20018th in qualifying round at World Outdoors (75.62m/248-1)ranked #1 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 76.52m/251-0.
2000: 2nd at Olympic Trials (240-6)...did not make Olympic final (227-11)...ranked #2 U.S by T&FNset season best of 257-8 at Burnaby, Canada, on June 4.
1999: 2nd at USA Champs...2nd, Pan American Games...19th in qualifying at World Champs...ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 260-0PR.
1998: 3rd at USA Champs...ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 249-10.
1997: Won USA Champs...23rd in qualifying at World Champs...ranked #1 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 254-0.
1996: 3rd at Olympic Trials...24th at Olympic Games...ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 246-2.
1995: 3rd at USA Champs...3rd at NCAA Champs...5th at World University Games...28th at World Champs...ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 245-1.
1994: 3rd at USA Champs...7th at NCAA Champs...ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 235-4.
1993: 3rd at USA Champs...11th at World University Games...ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 228-10.
1992: 8th at Olympic Trials...2nd at NCAA Champs...ranked #6 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 228-0.
1991: Won USA Juniors...best of 210-4.
1990: 7th at USA Juniors...best of 164-7.