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Bobby Joe Morrow

Full name: Bobby Joe Morrow
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: October 15, 1935 in Harlingen, Texas, United States
Affiliations: ACU Wildcats, Abilene (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 3 Gold (3 Total)

Biography

Although other sprinters can claim faster times, Bobby Morrow has the finest competitive record of any man in the history of sprinting and is unquestionably the greatest white sprinter in history. In his freshman year at Abilene Christian he lost only once; the following year he was undefeated at 220 y and lost only once at 100 y. Apart from his triple Olympic successes he equalled the world 220 y turn record three times and matched the world 100 m record three times. As a member of the winning Olympic relay team in 1956 he shared the world record of 39.5 (39.60) and he twice helped Abilene Christian set a world record in the 4×110 y relay. He was also a member of three teams which set world records for the 4×220 y relay. In addition he took the AAU 100 three times, the 220 y once, and won the sprint double at the 1956-57 NCAA. Perhaps Morrow's greatest honor came in January 1957 when he was named "Sportsman of the Year" by Sports Illustrated.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.2 (1956); 200 – 20.75 (1956); 400 – 47.7y (1959).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 1 Gold
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics Men's 200 metres United States USA 1 Gold
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics United States Final 1 10.5 10.62 4
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU/=OR 10.3 10.52
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU/=OR 10.3 10.55
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics United States Round One Heat Twelve 1 QU 10.4 10.47

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics United States Final 1 =WR 20.6 20.75 3
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 21.3 21.43
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 21.9 22.03
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics United States Round One Heat Nine 1 QU 21.8 21.95

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) ST L
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics United States USA Final 1 WR 39.5 39.60 9,8 6
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics United States USA Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 40.3 40.34
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics United States USA Round One Heat One 1 QU 40.5 40.53
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