Today, in California, Ronald Juliao of Brazil set a new National Record in the discus throw with a toss of 65.55m (215′).
Juliao, born 10/06/85, had set the Brazilian National Record last year in the Grand Prix in Rio. His NR and personal best of that day, 65.41m (214′ 7″), lasted less than one year.
Juliao is currently with his coach, Joao Paulo, at the USA Olympic Training Center in San Diego, training under the guidance of Art Venegas, John Godina’s former coach. He is enjoying the great weather, constant winds and more than pleasant training conditions of southern California, along with great facilities at the USOTC.
Ronald and his Coach will remain in California only a short while longer because they are expected to return to Brazil to compete in this year’s Grand Prix meets, followed by Trofeo Brazil (Brazil’s National Championships). Brazil’s Record Man looks forward to the South American Championships July 5th-7th and hopes to come home with the Gold Medal.
Juliao expects great things in 2013. He hopes to throw between 66 and 67 meters (216′ 6″-219′ 9″) and to become the new South American Record Holder. (Currently the Area Record is 66.32m (217′ 7″), held by Jorge Balliengo of Argentina.) Juliao doesn’t want to stop there; like all world-class throwers his sights are set on the World Championships in Moscow later this year. The 2012 Olympian hopes to join the crème de la crème and classify for the World Championships final.
Rutger Smith became 2nd with 64.80m (212′ 7″) and Märt Israel 62.80m (206′).
Congratulations (Para Beims in Portuguese) and good luck this season!!
Ronald Juliao – 65.55m
Rutger Smith – 64.80m
Märt Israel – 62.80m