Jay Silvester

Jay Silvester
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Personal information
Full nameL. Jay Silvester
BornAugust 27, 1937 (1937-08-27) (age 85)
Tremonton, Utah, U.S.
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight251 lb (114 kg)
SportDiscus throw
ClubSanta Clara Valley Youth Village
Medal record

L. Jay Silvester (born August 27, 1937) and participated in college athletics at Utah State University from 1956 to 1959[1] is an American retired athlete who mainly competed in the discus throw. In this event he finished in fourth, fifth, second and eighth place at the 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics, respectively, and won a bronze medal at the 1975 Pan American Games.

During his career, Silvester won five AAU discus titles and set four world records, two in 1961 (60.56 m and 60.72 m) and two in 1968 (66.54 m and 68.40 m). His personal bests were 70.38 m in the discus (1971, unofficial world record) and 20.01 m in the shot put.

After retirement, he worked as professor of physical education at Brigham Young University.[2]


  1. ^ "L. Jay Silvester (1993) - Hall of Fame - Utah State University Athletics". Utah State Aggies. Retrieved March 25, 2021.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Jay Silvester". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on September 22, 2013. Full name: L. Jay Silvester

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Preceded by Men's Discus World Record Holder
August 11, 1961 – May 18, 1962
Succeeded by
Preceded by Men's Discus World Record Holder
equalled by Sweden Ricky Bruch on 1972-07-05

May 25, 1968 – March 14, 1975
Succeeded by