John van Reenen



Age: 71


Summary: South African discus thrower and graphics artist who was best known for setting the world record in the men's discus event in 1975 and twice broke the South African record while competing for Washington State, whose major landmark came in spring 1975 when he threw 68.48m to set a new discus world record in the 1970 season, but who left South Africa during apartheid to study at Washington State University where he was pursing his art studies on a scholarship and studied Fine Art throughout his athletics career specializing in etchings.



Cause of Death: Complications from diabetes


Born: March 26, 1947


Died: August 21, 2018


Location: Calitzdorp, South Africa