On Bill's first
try the weight hit the bar on the way up, but on the second the huge, explosive
athlete hefted the weight, swung it back between his legs once, twice, then
erupted and sent it at least two feet over the standard, beating the best of
many good men, including such U.S. stalwarts as Brian Oldfield.
As the crowd
thronged around the quiet, easy-natured giant, talking to him, touching him and
asking for his autograph, I thought to myself that if a man isn't still in
shape to lift the Dinnie Stones himself, or press the Inver Stone, or throw the
56-pound weight a record height, the next-best thing is to have a wife and big
pal who can. It's not the best of all possible worlds, but it will do.