Riley Dolezal (born November 16, 1985) is an American track and field athlete who competes in the javelin throw. His personal record for the event is 83.50 m (273 ft 11 14 in) and he is the 2013 and 2017 United States Javelin champion.

Riley Dolezal
Personal information
NationalityAmerican
Born (1985-11-16) November 16, 1985 (age 34)
Stanley, North Dakota
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Sport
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Javelin
College teamNorth Dakota State
ClubNike
Turned pro2009
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)Javelin: 83.50 m (273 ft 11 14 in)
Updated on July 15, 2018.

Personal and PrepEdit

Born in Stanley, North Dakota, Dolezal attended Stanley High School. Outside of throwing Dolezal enjoys hunting, welding, boating, auto repair, Motorsport, video and yard games. Riley Dolezal grew up in a town of 1200 and taught himself how to throw javelin his junior year of high school. A multi-sport athlete, he had an opportunity to play football and baseball in college

NCAAEdit

Dolezal attended North Dakota State University from 2005 to 2009 and competed in the javelin.[1] He gradually improved from a personal record of 67.89 m (222 ft 8 34 in) in 2008 to 69.78 m (228 ft 11 in) in 2009.

ProfessionalEdit

Dolezal teaches middle school physical education and works as an assistant coach at North Dakota State University.

He cleared seventy metres for the first time in 2012: that year he had a best of 72.60 m (238 ft 2 14 in) and competed in the qualifying round of the 2012 United States Olympic Trials.[2]

In 2013 he placed third at the Mt. SAC Relays before winning at the Drake Relays with a throw of 74.22 m (243 ft 6 in).[3] At the 2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Dolezal had a startling breakthrough. All four of his valid throws at the competition bettered his previous record: he improved from 74.87 m to 76.10 m to 76.93 m and had his best in the fourth round with a throw of 83.50 m (273 ft 11 14 in).[4] This moved him up to eighth on the all-time American lists and brought him the national title, finishing ahead of reigning NCAA champion Sam Humphreys.[1][3]

Dolezal placed second in javelin at the 2014 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a throw of 79.27 m (260 ft 34 in).[5]

Dolezal placed second in javelin at the 2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a throw of 80.75 m (264 ft 11 in).[6]

Dolezal placed third in javelin at the 2016 United States Olympic Trials (track and field) with a throw of 79.67 m (261 ft 4 12 in).[7]

Dolezal won the javelin title at the 2017 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a throw of 81.77 m (268 ft 3 14 in).[8]

Dolezal placed third in the javelin at the 2018 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a throw of 75.10 m (246 ft 4 12 in).[9]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing   United States
2019 2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 26th (q) 75.62 m (248 ft 1 in)
2017 DécaNation France 3rd 74.08 m (243 ft 12 in)
2015 2015 World Championships Beijing, China 24th 77.64 m (254 ft 8 12 in)
2015 NACAC San José, Costa Rica 1st 79.30 m (260 ft 2 in) CR
2015 Pan Am Toronto, Canada 2nd 81.62 m (267 ft 9 14 in)
2013 2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 19th 78.76 m (258 ft 4 34 in)
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
USATF Championships
2012 2012 United States Olympic Trials Eugene, Oregon 17th 70.78 m (232 ft 2 12 in)[10]
2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Des Moines, Iowa 1st 83.50 m (273 ft 11 14 in)[11]
2014 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Sacramento, California 2nd 79.27 m (260 ft 34 in)[12]
2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Eugene, Oregon 2nd 80.75 m (264 ft 11 in)[13]
2016 USA Olympic Trials Track and Field Championships Eugene, Oregon 3rd 79.67 m (261 ft 4 12 in)[14]
2017 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Sacramento, California 1st 81.77 m (268 ft 3 14 in)[15]
2018 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Des Moines, Iowa 3rd 75.10 m (246 ft 4 12 in)[16]

Seasonal bests by yearEdit

  • 2008 – 67.89
  • 2009 – 69.78
  • 2010 – 69.54
  • 2011 – 68.54
  • 2012 – 72.60
  • 2013 – 83.50
  • 2014 – 79.27
  • 2015 – 81.16
  • 2016 – 80.42
  • 2017 – 81.77

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Dolezal Wins USA Javelin Title, Shocks Track & Field World. GoBison (2013-06-23). Retrieved on 2013-07-28.
  2. ^ Riley Dolezal. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2013-07-28.
  3. ^ a b Upsets and Breakthroughs on Final Day of USA Outdoor Championships. USATF (2013-06-23). Retrieved on 2013-07-28.
  4. ^ 2013 USA Track & Field Championships – 6/19/2013 to 6/23/2013. USATF.org . Retrieved on 2013-07-28.
  5. ^ 2014 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Results USATF.org
  6. ^ 2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Results USATF.org
  7. ^ 2016 United States Olympic Trials USATF.org
  8. ^ 2017 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Results USATF.org
  9. ^ "2018 USATF Outdoor Track and Field Championships". Usatf.org. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  10. ^ "2012 USATF Championships". Usatf.org. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  11. ^ "2013 USATF Championships". Usatf.org. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  12. ^ "2014 USATF Championships". Usatf.org. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  13. ^ "2015 USATF Championships". Usatf.org. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  14. ^ "2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field – 6/30/2016 to 7/10/2016 Eugene, Oregon Results". Usatf.org. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  15. ^ "2017 USATF Outdoor Track and Field Championships". Usatf.org. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  16. ^ "2018 USATF Outdoor Track and Field Championships". Usatf.org. Retrieved July 15, 2018.

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