Full name: Melvin "Mel" Pender, Jr.
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: October 31, 1937 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Affiliations: US Army, (USA)
Country: United States
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Mel Pender made the final of the Olympic 100m in 1964 and 1968 and placed sixth each time, but in 1968 he helped win a gold medal in the relay. In 1972, at the age of 35, he tied the world indoor bests for 50y and 60y and, as a pro in 1973, he again tied the world indoor record for 60y. Mel Pender an Adelphi graduate, retired after 21 years as a career Army officer, having achieved a rank of captain. He also worked as a track shoe designer and marketing specialist, track coach at West Point, and for some time as director of the Youth Development Program of the NFL Players' Association.
Personal Bests: 100y – 9.3 (1965); 100 – 10.15 (1968).
|1964 Summer||26||Tokyo||Athletics||Men's 100 metres||United States||USA||6T|
|1968 Summer||30||Ciudad de México||Athletics||Men's 100 metres||United States||USA||6|
|1968 Summer||30||Ciudad de México||Athletics||Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay||United States||USA||1||Gold||WR|
|1964 Summer||26||Tokyo||Athletics||United States||Final||6T||10.4||10.47||8|
|1964 Summer||26||Tokyo||Athletics||United States||Semi-Finals||Heat Two||4||QU||10.4||10,49|
|1964 Summer||26||Tokyo||Athletics||United States||Quarter-Finals||Heat Three||2||QU||10.4||10,44|
|1964 Summer||26||Tokyo||Athletics||United States||Round One||Heat Three||2||QU||10.5||10,53|
|1968 Summer||30||Ciudad de México||Athletics||United States||Final||6||10.1||10.17||6|
|1968 Summer||30||Ciudad de México||Athletics||United States||Semi-Finals||Heat One||4||QU||10.2||10.21|
|1968 Summer||30||Ciudad de México||Athletics||United States||Quarter-Finals||Heat Two||2||QU||10.1||10.16|
|1968 Summer||30||Ciudad de México||Athletics||United States||Round One||Heat Four||2||QU||10.3||10.35|
|1968 Summer||30||Ciudad de México||Athletics||United States||USA||Final||1||WR||38.2||38.24||2|
|1968 Summer||30||Ciudad de México||Athletics||United States||USA||Semi-Finals||Heat Two||2||QU||38.6||38.69|
|1968 Summer||30||Ciudad de México||Athletics||United States||USA||Round One||Heat One||2||QU||38.8||38.86|