On a weekend when track & field’s big hitters are uncover in Portland for the World Championships, 2015 U23 US Univeristy discus champion Sam Mattis (University of Pennsylvania) found friendly conditions at his home field and threw a 1st round 67,45m (221′ 3″) at the Philadelphia College Classic. Mattis‘ mark is the #1 throw in the world, passing Spaniard Lois Martínez‘s 65,73m (215′ 7″) from the 1st of February.
While the opener is impressive; it was surprising to see him follow the big 67.,5m with two more useful throws of 66,51m (218′ 2″) and 67,21m (220′ 6″). It also improves his season best of 59,47m (195′ 1″) from last weekend’s opening meet in Florida USA and batters his lifetime best of 62.48m (205’ 0″) from 13 June, 2015.
series and results:
- 67,45m (221′ 3″)
- 63,28m (207′ 7″)
- 66,51m(218′ 2″)
- 67,21m (220′ 6″)
In true collegiate form, Mattis also went 16,76m (55′ 0″) to win the shot put and 51,62m (169′ 4″) for 4th in the hammer.
The question is, has the US found a new discus star and the answer to their Olympic discus woes?