Randy Matson Broke 70-Foot Barrier in the Shot Put

At the Tokyo Games on August 25, 1964, Texas Aggie freshman Randy Matson of Pampa moved into first place with an Olympic-record breaking effort in the shot put only to be edged out by dentist Dallas Long.

Four years later, Matson won the gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics.  The first shot putter to break the 70-foot barrier, he went on to serve as executive director of The Association of Former Students at this alma mater from 1979 until his retirement in 1999.

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