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Ray Norton

Full name: Otis Ray Norton
Gender: Male
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
Weight: 179 lbs (81 kg)
Born: September 22, 1937 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Affiliations: Santa Clara Valley Youth Village, Santa Clara (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

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Biography

Ray Norton was the world's top sprinter from 1958 thru early 1960, setting three world records in the 100y in 1958 and 1960, one in the 100 in 1959, and five in the 200 metres in 1959-60. He was AAU champion in the sprint double in both 1959 and 1960, and NCAA 200 champion in 1959. In 1959, he also won three gold medals at the Pan American Games in 100 m, 200 m, and 4×100 m (with Hayes Jones and the non-Olympians Robert Poynter and Bill Woodhouse). Norton then won the 1960 Olympic Trials in both the 100 and 200 and entered Roma as heavy favorite in both sprints. But he performed poorly in Roma, placing sixth in both the 100 and 200, and in the final of the 4×100 relay, he outran the exchange zone, causing the United States team to be disqualified. He had a brief career in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers as a runner and kick returner in 1960-61.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.1 (1959); 200 – 20.5 (1960).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 22 Roma Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 6
1960 Summer 22 Roma Athletics Men's 200 metres United States USA 6
1960 Summer 22 Roma Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA AC

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1960 Summer 22 Roma Athletics United States Final 6 10.4 10.50 3
1960 Summer 22 Roma Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 10.4 10.47
1960 Summer 22 Roma Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat One 3 QU 10.6 10.78
1960 Summer 22 Roma Athletics United States Round One Heat Six 1 QU 10.7 10.88

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1960 Summer 22 Roma Athletics United States Final 6 20.9 21.09 5
1960 Summer 22 Roma Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 20.7 20.81
1960 Summer 22 Roma Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 21.0 21.14
1960 Summer 22 Roma Athletics United States Round One Heat Six 1 QU 21.2 21.27

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1960 Summer 22 Roma Athletics United States USA Final AC DQ [39.4] [39.60] 1
1960 Summer 22 Roma Athletics United States USA Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 39.7 39.67
1960 Summer 22 Roma Athletics United States USA Round One Heat Four 1 QU 39.7 39.87