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Johnny Kelley

Full name: John Joseph "Johnny" Kelley
Nickname(s): The Younger
Gender: Male
Height: 5-5.5 (167 cm)
Weight: 126 lbs (57 kg)
Born: December 24, 1930 in Norwich, Connecticut, United States
Died: August 21, 2011 in North Stonington, Connecticut, United States
Affiliations: Boston Athletic Association, Boston (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Johnny Kelley was often called Johnny "The Younger" Kelley, to distinguish him from the U.S. Olympic marathoner of the 1930s-40s, John Adelbert Kelley. The Younger was the top U.S. marathoner of the later 50s and early 60s. He is best known for winning the AAU Marathon for eight consecutive years (1956-63). Twice a competitor at the Pan American Games, he was the marathon gold medalist in 1959. He won the Boston Marathon in 1957 and finished second in that race five times. He continued to compete at Boston thru 1992, leaving the race in the same year that Johnny "The Elder" Kelley did. Kelley the Younger was a high school teacher and track coach in Groton, Connecticut.

Personal Best: Mar – 2-20:05 (1957).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Athletics Men's Marathon United States USA 21
1960 Summer 29 Roma Athletics Men's Marathon United States USA 19

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Standings 21 2-43:40
1960 Summer 29 Roma Athletics United States Final Standings 19 2-24:58.0
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