SAN JOSE, MAY 26 -- Randy Barnes launched the second-longest shot put ever -- three-quarters of an inch shy of the world record he set last week -- despite fouling on five of six throws today at the Bruce Jenner Classic.
Barnes, who sent the 16-pound ball 75 feet 10 1/4 inches last week at UCLA, said he was "emotionally drained" after setting the record.
He fouled on his first attempt today by going beyond the ring, but a few minutes later sent the shot into the chalk near the red flag that marked his record distance.
"I saw the chalk kick up, so I knew it was close, but I wasn't convinced," Barnes said.
The measurement turned out to be 75-9 1/2; not a record but enough to thrill the crowd of 6,000 at San Jose City College. It was still better than the old record of 75-8 set by East Germany's Ulf Timmermann in 1988.
Barnes said the hoopla after his record throw last week affected his concentration and probably caused him to rush his attempts and foul up his footwork this week. He came close to the record again on his last throw, but stepped beyond the throwing ring on his follow-through.
Barnes beat his nearest challenger, Jim Doehring, by more than seven feet. Doehring's best throw was 68-8 3/4. Third finisher Ron Backes's best throw was 66-1.
Joe Falcon, displaying speed and strength, ended Steve Scott's eight-year dominance of the 1,500 meters in the Jenner meet, the second IAAF Mobil Grand Prix event of the year.
Falcon, who beat Scott while winning the mile in a Los Angeles meet last week, kicked away from the pack with 300 meters to go. He turned around and didn't see any challengers with 100 meters left and won easily in 3:38.95 on a sunny, breezy day. John Quade finished second in 3:41.41.
Scott, who ran fourth most of the race, faded on the final lap to finish eighth in a field of nine. Scott, 34, set the meet record of 3:37.48 in 1987. He managed only 3:48.88 today.
Hollis Conway, who holds the American record in the men's high jump, set a meet record of 7 feet 8 inches, breaking the mark of 7-5 3/4 set by Tyke Peacock in 1983.
World high jump record holder Javier Sotomayor of Cuba was supposed to compete here, but he and other Cubans were at first denied visas by the United States. The Cubans finally received the visas, but too late to get here in time.