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Javelin thrower Stan Lay, 1928

Javelin thrower Stan Lay, 1928

Stan Lay was a champion javelin thrower. He won the javelin event at the British championships in 1928 with a throw of 67.9 metres. Officials mistakenly thought Lay had set a new world record, but it was still the longest throw by a Commonwealth athlete, a record which stood for 26 years. He was a favourite for the 1928 Olympics, but was not able to maintain his form and did not make the final.

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David Colquhoun, 'Athletics - Athletics between the wars', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2021)

Story by David Colquhoun, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 20 Sep 2016