Marcus Paul "Mark" Murro (born June 4, 1949)[1] is an American former javelin thrower. Murro held the United States record in men's javelin throw from 1969 to 1982 and competed in the 1968 Summer Olympics.

Career

Murro broke the national high school record in men's javelin throw in 1967 while attending Essex Catholic High School in Newark, New Jersey, throwing 252 ft 8 in (77.01 m).[2] In June 1968 he placed third at the national championships;[3] three months later he won at the United States Olympic trials with a throw of 263 ft 9 in (80.39 m), defeating national champion Frank Covelli and qualifying for the Olympic Games in Mexico City.[4] Murro was the top American at the Olympics, throwing 80.08 m (262 ft 8+12 in) and placing ninth;[1][4] Track & Field News ranked him as the world's 10th best javelin thrower that year.[5] The magazine put him on the cover of its April 1969 issue.[6]

Murro continued improving in the next years, breaking Covelli's American record with a throw of 292 ft 8 in (89.21 m) in Tempe, Arizona on May 23, 1969.[7][8] Murro won both the NCAA championship (representing Arizona State) and the national championship that year,[3][9] with his national championship mark of 284 ft 3 in (86.64 m) breaking Al Cantello's meeting record from 1960.[3][10] He was ranked fourth in the world that year, behind Jānis Lūsis, Pauli Nevala and Jorma Kinnunen.[5]

Murro broke his own American record on March 27, 1970, again in Tempe;[7][11] with his throw of 300 ft 0 in (91.44 m) he became the first American to reach 300 feet, as well as the first to break 90 meters.[1] However, two months later at the Compton Invitational he slipped while throwing and sprained his ankle,[12] missing the NCAA meet and failing to qualify for the national championship final as a result.[9][13] While he continued competing, he never regained his pre-injury level;[14] in 1970 he ranked a career-best third in the world, behind Nevala and Manfred Stolle, but after that year he never featured in the world's top 10 again.[5] At the 1972 Olympic Trials Murro placed eighth and failed to qualify for the Olympic team.[15]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Mark Murro Bio, Stats and Results". Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 18, 2020. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  2. ^ "Prep Javelin Mark". The Arizona Republic. June 1, 1967. Archived from the original on November 23, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c ">Mallon, Bill; Buchanan, Ian; Track & Field News. "A History Of The Results Of The National Track & Field Championships Of The USA From 1876 Through 2014". Track & Field News. Archived from the original on September 15, 2014. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Hymans, Richard. "The History of the United States Olympic Trials - Track & Field". USA Track & Field; Track & Field News. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 16, 2015. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "World Rankings – Men's Javelin" (PDF). Track & Field News. Retrieved December 1, 2014.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2015-04-15.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ a b "USA Records Progression: Men, Javelin Throw". Track and Field Statistics. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  8. ^ "ASU's Mark Murro Sails Javelin 292-8". The Arizona Republic. May 24, 1969. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  9. ^ a b Hill, E. Garry. "A History of the NCAA Championships" (PDF). Track & Field News. Retrieved December 1, 2014.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Evans, Carlos Break AAU Records". Pacific Stars and Stripes. July 2, 1969. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  11. ^ "Murro reaches 300 foot mark". Scottsdale Progress. March 28, 1970. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  12. ^ "LaBenz Trounces Liquori In Mile". Oakland Tribune. June 7, 1970. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  13. ^ "UCLA Soph Posts Upset In AAU 440". European Stars and Stripes. June 29, 1970. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  14. ^ "Mark Murro". Track and Field Statistics. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  15. ^ Hymans, Richard. "The History of the United States Olympic Trials - Track & Field". USA Track & Field; Track & Field News. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 6, 2015. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
Records Preceded byFrank Covelli United States record holder in men's javelin throw May 23, 1969 – Apr 17, 1982 Succeeded byBob Roggy