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Both Long and Matson use throwing techniques patterned expressly after the style invented by O'Brien, who serves as a sort of international archetype. At the Coliseum Matson preceded Long in the order of competition. Photographers clustered around and were told to please keep their heads down because 26,000 people were dying to see young Randy Matson put it out to that 70-foot mark. The UCLA band, directly behind the throwing circle, plowed into When the Saints Go Marching In, a number of dubious appropriateness, as Matron removed first one then another sweat suit covering his Texas Aggie briefs. (On-again off-again is a nuisance game that must be played for good health by field-event contestants in cold weather.) He toweled off his steel ball, the one he has had since junior high school, cradled it under his cheek and stepped into the ring.
Crowd: "Ohh"—and "62 feet 8� inches," said an official, the best so far of the night.
O'Brien followed with his 62 feet 3�, then Long shed the satin-blue sweat suit of the Pasadena Athletic Club and made his first throw: 60 feet � inch. He turned away without waiting for the measurement. "Too quick," he muttered, showing his teeth the way a child bares his for inspection. "Too eager."
On his second throw Matson did 63 feet 6�. The crowd cheered loudly. Then came Long to pass him with a toss of 64 feet 1. Now the pressure clearly shifted to the younger of the young men. "The psychological edge is the big advantage in the shotput," Long has said, and at 19 Matson is still learning his psychology. He fouled the next three times in a row and finished with a 61-footer. Long, meanwhile, followed with a throw of 64 feet 4�, then a 65 feet 5� that proved to be the winner.
O'Brien wound up third but, true to his paternal instincts, was no more disappointed in himself than he was pleased by his glamorous young successors. "They're getting out there near virgin ground," he said. "The kid [Matson] is great. Very good snap and arm action. Nice long arms. And he's fast. You can't imagine how important speed can be in that little circle. But he needs work on his leg action. He threw a little stiff-legged."
Hayes invades Carr country
Hayes of Florida A&M, the country's fastest sprinter (SI, May 18), went west with the intention of establishing a beachhead at 200 meters for the Olympic Games. His procession of 9.1-second 100-yard dashes make him the best at the shorter distance, so Coach Dick Hill decided to hold him out of all but the 200 meters at the Coliseum.
The 200 meters, however, is where Henry Carr operates. Carr has a butterscotch skin and a bittersweet temperament. A year ago on the same track he lost the 200 to Hayes in a fighting finish. He said this was certainly no grudge match, however, and that anybody who thought so was imagining things—although no one said anything about a grudge until he did.
"I'm no crybaby," said Carr, sounding suspiciously like one, "but Robert gave me an elbow here last year—not intentional, but he runs that way, you know, with his elbows out, and I believe that's what beat me."