Anthony (Tony) Hall
Javelin Progression / Back cross used through 1973
Born March 17,1950, in Philadelphia, Pa
1967 Oakcrest HS (Jr) 140'0"
1968 (Sr) 203' 4"
1969 Norfolk St. College (Fr) 228'  3"
1970 out all year
1971 Norfolk St. 236' CIAA Record
1972 234' 9"
1973 Norfolk St. (Sr) 258' 7" NCAA II  Record;
257' 4" 3rd Place NCAA I;
257' World University Games Moscow
1974 Bruce Track Club 265' 6"
1975 277' 11" Quantico Relays  Record
284' 3" Tom Black Meet; 278' 6" &;  267' 8" @
1976 Olympic trails ( injured)    Montreal Olympics (15th)
268' USA Vs USSR
1977 Graduate School 280' Norfolk Invite  Relays Record; elbow surgery
@ Norfolk St. Univ.
1978 Surgery on same elbow no  throwing
1979 Graduate School 268' 8"; 273'  11"
1980 Moved to Austin, TX. 281' 6" Texas  Relays Record
Retired after the Olympic Trials with  several injuries
To follow are two newspaper articles on  Tony Hall, 1973 and 1980. The first article shows the beginning of his career as  a javelin thrower, and the second article show the reality of how an athlete had  to deal at that time in order to survive the daily live and compete representing  the USA with out any sponsorship and help.
1973
By Frank Palmisano
Press Sports Writer
WEYMOUTH - Moscow
July; 1973.
A contingent United States track and  field athletes assembled by the Amateur Athletic Union is competing in the  prestigious World University Games as guests of the host country Russia
The Russians are winning everything in  sight but on the track and field squad is a young man a  1968 graduate of Oakcrest High School. As events  unfold it seems evident he will get a chance to win the first gold medal for the  US
The 22 years old javelin thrower has  tossed one 257 feet on his final throw. With only two more throwers to compete  Tony Hall, a soft-spoken South Jersey resident is about to gain the Games  highest honor. But the last two javelin throwers, both Russians, hurl tosses  longer than any others throw in the competition Tony Hall captured the bronze  medal the same day the 400-meter relay team gain the first gold
In a recent Interview the now 23-year old  young man presented some insights into the attitudes and experience of competing  in the Soviet Union. "We couldn't wait to leave" Hall said, with evident  enthusiasm The food was bad we had no activities to pass the time away and just  generally didn't feel at home "The common people Hall said, "were curious about  us. They tried to be friendly but they just couldn't be friendly with us. They  were just not allowed to talk about certain 'things."'
The group of' track and field stars  stayed at the university of Moscow, twoathletes sharing very small room with a 'pair of cots, a chair and a  table.
"'Before' we got over there when we were  getting things together to go they told us the U. S. game officials in charge of  our group, that the Russians were giving us their best.
So don't make fun of them," Hall said  every thing was very plain? but we were warned'  ,not to laugh or make any bad comments about it "because the best they had was  'what they were' offering .us."
Moscow is now a' thing of the past for  Hall. His eyes are currently upon the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.
Hall had several stepping stones after  the World University Games. At Oakcrest he competed in cross-country, basketball  and track. His events were the javelin, long and. high jumps. For Norfolk State  where he set the National College Division record with a toss this past spring  of 258 feet,
In the summer he won the AAU qualifying  meet at Penn State to become the US representative at Moscow in the  javelin.
Since returning Hall has joined the Bruce  Track club in New York and has stepped up his training activities in the  Vineland YMCA
1980.
By GARY STEPHENS
SpeciaI to the  American-Statesman
Tony Hall's weekdays begin when he leaves his  apartment at 5:30 a.m. dressed in a navy blue warm-up suit, Hall heads for Town  Lake, a quarter-mile from his Pleasant Valley Estate apartment.
He runs three and one-half miles, not  slowly but not too hurriedly, along the Colorado River In South Austin. He  rarely sees other runners in the pre-dawn darkness.
Hall runs until he reaches Interstate 35,  then he continues across the interstate bridge and runs along the hike, and bike  trail on the north side of the river and he keeps going until he reaches his  apartment around 6 a.m.
Hall runs to stay in shape and in good  physical condition just as other runners do But Hall has another goal. It was a  goal, which originally, would have taken him to the Moscow Summer Olympics, but  that has all changed. As of now, his ambition is to be the premier javelin  thrower In the United States and perhaps in the world and that for Hall means  competing in the summer track and field circuit on his own.
He is a 13-year experienced javelin  athlete, and that navy blue warm-up suit he wears on his morning jaunts is a  1976, US Olympic warm-up suit.
Running is only one of several drills  Hall goes through for his quest to be consistently better that any of his rival  javelin athletes. Hall, one of America's leading javelin throwers during the  1970s and a participant in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, is 30 years  old.
The New Jersey native knows he is running  out of opportunities, and in Austin he sought the perfect place to train.
"I will probably never find that perfect  place to train," Hall says. He is tall and. slim at 6-3 and 205 pounds. One with  a friendly and open demeanor, Hall often flashes a smile.
"I thought Austin would be ideal because  of the sporting atmosphere and the climate, but it hasn't been that good for me,  mainly because of my situation," says Hall, who has lived In Austin since last  September.
Hall's situation defines his holding a  full-time job and also training at the same time.
"It's better to be in school while you're  training. Before I came here, I never thought I would be cooking my own meals  and worrying about finances," he adds.
While training and taking care of himself  physically, Hall also works 40 hours per week with the city of Austin Parks and  Recreation Department.
He Is a Recreation supervisor responsible  for monitoring of the department's citywide program. Equipped for the job, Hall  received a bachelor's degree in Recreation at Norfolk State College (Virginia)  in 1973. However, Hall only needs an Internship to complete a master's degree In  Community Clinical Psychology at Norfolk.
Hall did not just come to Austin from New  Jersey because he heard of it, Phil Devalan, head coach of the UT women's track  program, encourage Hall last year to come to Austin because the climate here is  good for his training. The two first met in 1973 at the World University Games  in Moscow.
One of the coaches for the American team,  which Hall was part of, Delavan says he first saw Hall as a dedicated athlete  limited In technique
"We talked about other techniques, and he  saw some advantages in changing his technique. Now he coaches himself, but he  comes to me occasionally to talk about his technique."
Delavan adds that Hall is capable of  throwing a javelin over 300 feet, something, which has not been done by an  American since 1970. (Mark Murro threw a javelin 300 feet in 1970.) "I think  Tony can do very well in an Olympic type competition this year," Delavan  says.
Hall's best throw was a 284-foot, 3-inch  toss in 1976 at the Tom Black Classic in Knoxville, Tenn. At the 1976 Olympic  Games he managed a 260-foot throw, despite an injured knee which he twisted in  the qualifying competition in Eugene, Ore., a month before.
He finished 15th, well behind gold medal  winner Milkos Nemeth, who threw the current world record mark of 310 feet, 3  inches at the games.
In his first meet this year, Hall won the  open division of the Texas Relays April 4-5, with a 281~ record throw. His toss  was six inches better than the Memorial Stadium javelin record set by Sam Colson  in 1973 It also was 20 feet better than Texas' Denes Pajtas 261-11 throw which  won the college division.
Hall says the throw is the best in the  nation this year. "I know that's the longest-throw in the nation this year.  That's a normal throw for me when I'm healthy," he said. So far, staying healthy  has not been Hall's biggest concern. "I wanted to go to the Kansas Relays in  Lawrence, which is in a couple of weeks, but I don't have the expense  money.
I'm looking forward to going to the Penn  and Drake Relays which are coming up, but my main concern is in getting a  sponsor to help me with my expenses,"
But, making it to the 1976 Olympic Games  did not pose Hall's current problem of supporting himself financially.
Last fall, he visited local national  based soft drink companies and made the rounds at some local car dealerships in  search of a sponsor and financial support for training expenses to go to the  1980 Moscow Olympic Games. He was unsuccessful. I even gave them a budget of how  much money I would need for training, room and board, and food, but they never  called me back," he says.
Now the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow are  all but over for U. S. athletes, wiped out by the Soviet Union's military  Involvement in Afghanistan and the subsequent boycott of the games by the U. S.  team.
To Hall, it makes no difference. "I  didn't want to go to Moscow anyhow," he responds.
You don't feel. comfortable over there,  and the atmosphere is just -not there for competing. There's inconvenience in -  eating the food there because it is not good. Also, you don't know how you're  supposed to behave there," Hall says In describing the Soviet Union.
Hall retains a wait and see outlook of  possible world class javelin competition in the summer as an alternative to the  Olympic Games. After that Hall may stay in Austin.
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