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Maxie Parks

Full name: Maxwell Lander "Maxie" Parks
Gender: Male
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
Weight: 172 lbs (78 kg)
Born: July 9, 1951 in Arkansas City, Arkansas, United States
Affiliations: Maccabi Track Club, Los Angeles (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

After winning both the AAU and Final Trials 400m in 1976, Maxie Parks placed no better than fifth at the Olympics. He made ample amends in the relay when his anchor leg of 45.0 clinched the gold medals for the United States. Parks attended UCLA but was never a major force in the NCAA championships, his highest placing in the 440y being third in 1974. Parks continued to run after Montréal and made the 1977 World Cup team. At that meet, he was anchoring the 1,600m relay team to what appeared to be a runaway victory when he collapsed on the track with a severely pulled hamstring. He never competed again.

Personal Best: 400 – 44.82 (1976).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Men's 400 metres United States USA 5
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics United States Final 5 45.24 7
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 45.61 5
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Three 3 QU 45.99 2
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 1 QU 46.12 7

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) ST
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics United States USA Final 1 2:58.65 45.0
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics United States USA Round One Heat One 1 QU 2:59.52