The Career of a Shot Putter
This website will be an ongoing work. It’s purpose is to document the athletic career of Brian Oldfield. He had, without question, the longest active throwing career of any world class shot putter. His last competitive season was 1988 when, at age 43, he attempted to qualify for the US Olympic team.
While he was the most successful and accomplished shot putter of the 1970s and early 1980s, his athleticism made him competitive at many other endeavors. They include the Highland Games, where he set and still holds multiple world and American records. He was a competitor in “The Superstars” and “The World’s Strongest Man”. He also dabbled in boxing and wrestling. These endeavors will also be documented on this site.
After all was said and done, Brian was first and foremost a shot putter. He was the first man to throw over 72′ (outdoors), 73′, 74′ and 75′. His best throw (75′ in May, 1975) still ranks him in the top 4 of all time.
Brian remains active in shot putting today through coaching. He is available for coaching individuals, groups or to appear at clinics.
Brian lives in Elgin, IL.
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Born: Elgin, IL June 1, 1945
Died: Elgin, IL March 26, 2017
HS: Elgin High School; Illinois HS Shot Put Champion – 1963; 4th in 1962
College: Middle Tennessee State; 3 time Ohio Valley Conference Shot Put Champion
Olympian: 1972 Shot Put; 6th place
Brian first threw over 70 feet as a glider in 1972.
Brian set the Indoor World record of 70′ 10 1/2″ in 1973 (not recognized due to his professional status).
He last threw over 70 feet in 1985 at the age of 40. This still stands as an age group record.
Set the unofficial World Record of 75 feet in 1975. This was unofficial because Brian was a part of Professional Track.
Brian regained his amateur status in 1980.
Brian set the American Record of 72′ 9″ in 1984 at the Bruce Jenner Invitational.
Brian had personal bests of 204′ in the discus, 180′ in the hammer and 210′ in the javelin.
Other Track & Field Accomplishments
Brian scored 5750 in the Ohio State Relays decathlon in 1971. Brian’s shot put distance of 60’ 1 ¼” was an all-time American decathlon best, at that time. Brian’s best recollections of his other performances in that decathlon are:
100 – 10.9
Discus – 167
Javelin – 164
400 – 63
HJ – 6-2
PV – 8-4
Hurdles – 16.8
LJ – 20-3
1500 – 7:30ish
Brian high jumped 6′ 6″; ran the 100M in 10.5; ran the 40 yard dash in 4.3 seconds.
Other Athletic Accomplishments
Brian was a highly successful Highland Games athlete. He still holds several records today.
Brian sparred with Muhammad Ali and trained as a professional wrestler under the legendary Verne Gagne.
Brian participated in several “Superstars” and “World’s Strongest Man” competitions.
Brian dunked a 16 pound shot put which can be seen on video.
Halls of Fame
Elgin, Illinois, 1980
USA Track & Field Illinois, 1998
Middle Tennessee State University, 2000
National Throws Coaches Association, 2006