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Larry James

Full name: Georg Lawrence "Larry" James
Nickname(s): Mighty Burner
Gender: Male
Height: 5'11" (181 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: November 6, 1947 in Mount Pleasant, New York, United States
Died: November 6, 2008 in Galloway Township, New Jersey, United States
Affiliations: Villanova Wildcats, Villanova (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Prior to 1968, Larry James was known primarily as a hurdler and triple jumper, but in the Olympic year he concentrated on the one-lap event with astonishing success. Although he was beaten at the Final Trials and the Olympics by Lee Evans, his time of 43.97 at Mexico City ranked as the second-fastest 400m of all time through the mid-80s. Later in the Games, James ran a 43.8 relay leg when the U.S. bettered the world record by more than three seconds. While at Villanova, James won the IC4A outdoor 440y and the NCAA indoor 440y for three straight years from 1968. Additionally he won the NCAA outdoor 440y in 1970. James graduated from Villanova in business administration, and later earned a master's in public policy from Rutgers. He rose to the rank of major in the US Marine Corps Reserve. He later became dean of athletics at Richard Stockton College. In 2003 he was elected to the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.

Personal Bests: 400 – 43.97 (1968); 400H – 50.2 (1970).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 400 metres United States USA 2 Silver
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final 2 43.9 43.97 2
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 44.9 44.88
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat One 2 QU 45.7 45.77
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 3 QU 45.8 45.83

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) ST
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Athletics United States USA Final 1 WR 2:56.1 2:56.16 43,8
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Athletics United States USA Round One Heat One 1 QU/=OR 3:00.7 3:00.71