Maurice "Mac" Wilkins
(born November 15, 1950) is an American athlete
who competed mainly in the discus throw. He was born in Eugene, Oregon
Wilkins competed for the United States in the 1976 Summer Olympics
in the discus throw where he won the gold medal with a distance of 221' 5" to defeat Wolfgang Schmidt
of East Germany
by four feet.
Wilkins also won a silver medal in the discus at the 1984 Summer Olympics
held in Los Angeles
after missing the 1980 games
due to the American boycott
Wilkins is the last thrower that Bill Bowerman
coached in Eugene, Oregon. Wilkins was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame
in 1994. He currently coaches at Concordia University
With the death of Al Oerter
on 1 October 2007, Wilkins is the earliest surviving Olympic Champion in the Men's Discus. He is not the oldest as Viktor Rashchupkin
, the 1980 Champion, is almost exactly 1 month older.
During his discus throw series from May 1, 1976, he set the world record three times with throws of 69.80m, 70.24m, and 70.86m.