Canton native continues weightlifting excellence
Jim Randall, a former resident of Canton, completes a successful lift at a recent Master Weightlifting competition. Randall recently won the “Grand Slam Award” given to an athlete who has every Olympic Weightlifting Championship in the same year. Submitted Photo.
CANTON -- Former Canton resident Jim Randall continues to excel as a master weightlifter.He recently swept the 2021 competition events and won the “Grand Slam Award” in Olympic Masters Weightlifting in November.
In doing so, he is the only U.S. athlete in his age/weight division to win this coveted award that involves winning Gold in every Olympic Weightlifting Championship in the same year.
"I knew Jim had a good shot at sweeping the championships, but to do so, you have to stay healthy, travel quite a bit, have a great deal of discipline, and work very hard," said team coach Rob Arroyo. "Over the past 25 years, I've coached a lot of talented athletes at the Olympic level and Jim is only one to have achieved Grand Slam status. I am very proud of him. He is now part of a very elite group of Olympic athletes."
Randall began his Olympic Masters Weightlifting career by winning the U.S Olympic National Weightlifting Championships in March. He has now finished the year winning Gold at the HC American Open held recently in Reno, Nev.
He is now the National, HC American Open, Pan American, and reigning World Champion in Masters Olympic Weightlifting. An accomplishment very few athletes have achieved in Olympic Masters history.
Although Randall was selected to compete in Japan with the U.S. Masters Olympic Weightlifting Team in 2022, the games were cancelled until further notice due to covid.
"For now, I'll be taking a break until the end of the year; enjoy the holidays; then begin training for the 2022 National Championships in April. As with all Olympic competition, it will be a new year and we'll have to prove ourselves all over again to the National selection committee. If I can stay healthy, I'd like to qualify and make the "cut" for the 2024 Olympics in Paris, France,” Randall remarked.
To see results/videos/photos of Olympic Masters competition, viewers can visit USA Masters Olympic Weightlifting online; USA Masters Weightlifting on Facebook, or locate competition/event videos on youtube under USA Masters Weightlifting. To view Jim on the Grand Slam list visit: USA Masters Weightlifting, Masters Records & Grand Slam winners for 2021.