American Jarred Rome battled piss poor weather (46˚ F) at the Jesse Owens Track Classic and opened his season with 62.22m (204′ 1″).
Current Ohio resident Jarred Rome opened a blustery competition with a 1st round 59.26m; a distance only Spartan Antonio James would better with his 3rd round 59.78m. The two time Olympian’s 2nd round 60.35m was the 1st of three over the 60m line and secured the win. Following a dip down to 59.09m and 59.40m Rome again dumped one over the 60 line with a 60.62m.
James’ 59.78m was well clear of 3rd placer Macklin Tudor’s 2nd round 57.40m.
“Had my season opener today at the Jesse Owens Classic….204’4” (62.22m) I’ve wanted to do this meet for like 15 years! It was fun but the 46 degree weather wasn’t so fun!! Jessie Owens is the man!”, Jarred Rome posted on Facebook.
Some folks who asked him why he even would compete, and risk possible injury, in such bad weather and he just replied with:
“I wasn’t going to throw but I’ve always wanted to throw here since college.” Throwholics wishes other world class athletes can find the same commitment to their fan base.
In spite of the unseasonable chill and long competition Rome dug deep and dropped a 6th round bomb at 62.22m to slide into the 16th slot in the current 2013 world leaders list. This kind of early season performance may give the Americans a glimmer of hope in Moscow.
The Final Results: HERE