Al Cantello, United States

Al Cantello

World Record: 86.04m (282’ 3”)       Compton, USA           5 Jun 1959

Al Cantello developed a new technique of javelin throwing. He would give a far greater heave as he released the javelin, so much so that he would fall forward on all fours. This unorthodox method helped him to win the 1959 and 1960 AAU titles. No one else has adopted this method.

His world record was achieved at an invitational meet at Compton, California. Cantello's first throw was a flop, his second came within two feet of the world record, and his third exceeded it by a foot, reaching 86.04 meters.

Cantello was selected for the 1960 U.S. Olympic team, but it turned out to be a disappointing competition for him. The final was plagued by wind and rain, and his performance dropped right back. He threw 74.70 meters (245' 1") for the 10th place.

source: World Record Breakers in Track & Field Athletics


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