Colourful Bradstock turns the javelin into performance art
Sunday 24 June 2012
Standing at trackside at the Alexander Stadium in his 1984 British Olympic rain-suit yesterday, Roald Bradstock was asked if he could recall the last time he made the rostrum at a national championships cum major games trials. "Er, no," the veteran javelin thrower and award-winning artist replied. "But, then again, my memory goes a little bit, so I'm not quite sure … Where am I?"
The 50-year-old was at his eighth Olympic trials and just about to step on to the podium to collect his first national medal since 1991. He finished second back then as he did yesterday, courtesy of an opening round 72.73m throw that broke his own world record for an over 50. Lee Doran, the winner with 79.72m, was not even born when Bradstock competed with Sebastian Coe at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Bradstock was also a British Olympian in Seoul in 1988. Now resident in Atlanta, he needed to throw 82m yesterday to make a home Olympics but became the oldest national championship medal winner since 52-year-old Sandy Smith finished second in the hammer in 1936 – another accomplishment to add to a list that includes the US Olympic art prize and the world records for throwing a goldfish and an iPod.
"I see this as performance art," said Bradstock, a sight to behold throwing in his 1984 Olympic vest, and with self-designed Union Jack leggings and cap.
Latest in Sport
Manchester United transfer news: Louis van Gaal offloads fringe players as he looks to the long term
Radamel Falcao transfer latest: Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City linked with blockbuster move
Tottenham to offer Andros Townsend to Southampton in £14m deadline day bid for Jay Rodriguez
Tottenham vs Liverpool player ratings: Who was the star man? Raheem Sterling? Alberto Moreno? Or new-boy Mario Balotelli?
Everton vs Chelsea player ratings: Who was best in the nine-goal thriller at Goodison?
- 1 Joan Rivers: 'Palestinians deserve to be dead'
- 2 Perez Hilton apologises for Jennifer Lawrence nude photo leak
- 3 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 4 Mexican woman becomes world’s 'oldest person' at 127
- 5 Isis terror threat: Leading British Muslims issue fatwa condemning terror group
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
£24000 - £30000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Are you a Marketin...
£70000 - £75000 Per Annum: The Green Recruitment Company: Katie Robinson +44 (...
£28000 - £30000 per annum + Pension, Healthcare: Ashdown Group: IT Support Ana...
£90 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Leicester: KS1 Teaching Specialist Leic...