The ‘2012 London Olympics’ Category

Roald Bradstock’s javelin throw and BBC interview at the 2012 UK Olympic Trials.

Friday, August 16th, 2013


Roald Bradstock competes in a record setting 8th Olympic Trials aged 50 in Birmingham, England on June 23rd, 2012. He smashes the World Masters Record for “the over 50” and comes second. The following day, on June 24th, 2012, Roald has a little chat with John Inverdale live on BBC

Sticky: Roald Bradstock wins silver at 2012 UK OlympicTrials aged 50!

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
Fifty-year-old Roald Bradstock wins javelin silver at Aviva Trials
Performance artist throws 72.78m

Andy Bull in Birmingham

The Observer, Saturday 23 June 2012 11.33 EDT

Roald Bradstock celebrates his javelin throw during the men’s final at the Aviva 2012 UK Olympic Trials and Championship at Alexander Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

It was not hard to pick out Roald Bradstock at the Aviva Trials. He was the 50-year-old performance artist wearing a tracksuit top from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, over the top of a kit emblazoned with the Union Jack that he had hand-painted. It helped, too, that he threw 72.78m. That was good enough to win him a silver medal behind 27-year-old Lee Doran, from Sheffield, and made him the oldest man to win a medal at the championships since 1936. (more…)

My journey to 2012 – it’s all about numbers!

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
Wednesday, 26 October 2011

 

Roald Bradstock_head_and_shouldersIt has been two years since I declared my intention to try to qualify for the 2012 UK Olympic Trials, when I will be 50.I don’t know what odds the local bookie would have given, but it is safe to say they would have been pretty long.Well, on May 19, on a warm spring evening in Tuscon, Arizona, I broke my own UK Veterans javelin record three more times and set three more world age records for a 49-year-old. But my most important accomplishment that evening was that I threw far enough to qualify for the 2012 UK Olympic Trials – my eighth consecutive Olympic Trials.
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Javelin ace inspires children about London 2012 through art

Thursday, July 7th, 2011
Javelin ace inspires children about London 2012 through artWednesday 6 July: Schoolchildren in Suffolk have taken part in an art class with a difference as Roald Bradstock, a Great Britain javelin thrower and former world record holder led an Olympic-themed art master class at Kirkley School in Lowestoft.Roald is one of the Youth Sport Trust’s ambassadors for the Sports College Legacy Programme which inspires children to learn across a range of school subjects by using the Olympic and Paralympic Games to engage pupils. (more…)

‘Olympic Picasso’ will paint the town red if he reaches Games at 50

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Olympic Picasso’ will paint the town red if he reaches Games at 50

The Independent

Simon Turnbull: On the YouTube section of Roald Bradstock’s website, you can see a clip of him throwing in the Olympic javelin final in Los Angeles in 1984.

Roald Bradstock holds the world record for throwing an iPod (154 yards), an egg (118 yards) and a goldfish (56 yards)
Getty – Roald Bradstock holds the world record for throwing an iPod (154 yards), an egg (118 yards) and a goldfish (56 yards)

On the YouTube section of Roald Bradstock’s website, you can see a clip of him throwing in the Olympic javelin final in Los Angeles in 1984. “He’s had injuries,” commentator Stuart Storey says of the javelin thrower-cum-artist who has come to be known as “the Olympic Picasso”. “He has got a weak back.” (more…)

Roald, age 48, sets standard for London 2012

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
Published: 13/01/2011 10:43 – Updated: 13/01/2011 10:45

A 48-year-old javelin thrower from Broxbourne, who has set himself the ambitious goal of qualifying for the London 2012 Olympics, is proving that age may not be a barrier to his dream by setting a new world record. (more…)