On your mark, get set ...
Unfortunately, GM Keith Hunsinger was unable to attend due
to family health problems, but still managed to stay in contact
through email and to participate by having Mark Yoshikawa roll
his dice. This turned out to be a bad decision, as his Rafer
Johnson was injured early in the first day and finished near
the bottom of the standings.
As substitute GM, I tried to repeat last year's "Coussis
Effect and grab the title for myself, but Vasily Kuznetsov was
injured in the Discus (bad back ?!?!) and finished a promising
start with a disappointing 11th place.
In the end, it was Jeff August managing C.K. Yang to the victory
with a total of 8510 points, thanks in large part to fantastic
throws in the Discus and Javelin. Verity Hitchings managed to
keep Vasily Kuznetsov injury free en route to 8440 points for
2nd place. Vince Collura's C.K. Yang finished five points behind
Verity for 3rd place and in keeping with the close finish theme,
Rob Kircher's Rafer Johnson finished in 4th place, five points
Other notables included Brooks Beyma with the best finish
with Bob Mathais (8360 points), Gary Presser finishing best with
the perennial favorite Your Name Here (8340 points), Jeff Bakalchuck
doing best with Jim Thorpe (8325 points for 7th place). Surprisingly,
no high finishes were recorded for either Milt Campbell or Bill