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Jay Silvester - Throws (Inducted 1998)

Born Aug. 27, 1937, Trementon, Utah

A seven-time world record holder, Jay Silvester was a member of 18 U.S. national teams. He was a member of four Olympic teams, taking fourth in 1964, fifth in 1968, second in 1972 and third in 1976. His first world record of 198-8 came in 1961 and he was the first discus thrower to throw 220 and 230 feet. His best mark was 230-11 in 1971, a performance that would still be world-ranked today. He was also an excellent shot putter with a best of 65-7 3/4 in 1971. He won five national titles and won the Olympic Trials in 1964, 1968 and 1972. A graduate of Utah State, Silvester earned his Ph. D. from Brigham Young University and was a highly successful coach there.

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