Gabe Oladipo Returns From Peru To Shatter AAU Shot Put Record


Gabe Oladipo interviews after shot put record

UIL 6A Discus champ GABE OLADIPO sent a reminder to the nation that he can still be a threat in the shot put. In fact, categorizing him as a threat is an understatement. The Fort Bend Hightower grad just returned from the Pan American Games in Trujilo, Peru with Team USA to end his prep career by competing at the AAU Junior Olympics.

Oh what a competition it was. Oladipo threw a life time best 71 foot blast that broke the 28 year old record and brought the crowd to it's feet. That was just the beginning as Oladipo had more throws left. After the shot put crew and officials wisely expanded the shot put area Oladipo belted a 73-8.75 to extend the record distance and his PR. His winning throw beat the previous record mark of 67-1.5 by over seven inches.

Oladipo's previous PR was 65-10.5 that he thew for the Great Southwest Classic win is now in the wind giving way to Oladipo's new top two tosses, "I just wanted to come out and give a great performance in the shot in my last high school meet."

Photo submitted by Gabe Oladipo

Later in the week, Oladipo will go for record #2 of the competition. Oladipo's premiere event is the discus and he has to be feeling confident for a record setting performance there as well. Oladipo won the discus at last year's AAU Junior Olympic Games that were in his own back yard at Humble's Turner Stadium. Last year's winning toss of 192-6 will probably be one of his warm up tosses this year.

If Oladipo wants to break the AAU Junior Olympic Games record he'll have to throw over 202-7, which he has done eleven times this season. Oladipo's season and personal best of 215-2 from the Jesuit Sheaner Relays broke the Texas state discus record. Here is the irony, that Texas state discus record that Oladipo now holds previously belonged to Splendora, Texas native Brian Robison. The current 202-7 AAU Junior Olympic record belongs to the exact same Brian Robison.

It's possible Oladipo heard about the record setting challenge issued by Miami Gardens Express. Well, here is another record for the Texas tally. Wait for the discus competition and Oladipo could possible add another to the count.


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