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Max Truex

Full name: Max Edwin Truex
Gender: Male
Height: 5'5" (166 cm)
Weight: 128 lbs (58 kg)
Born: November 4, 1935 in Warsaw, Indiana, United States
Died: March 24, 1991 in Milton, Massachusetts, United States
Affiliations: US Air Force, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Max Truex came to national fame in high school in Warsaw, Indiana when he set the national schoolboy record of 4:20.4 for the mile. He then attended Southern Cal. Truex was AAU 10K champion in 1956 and 1959. He also competed at the 1959 Pan-American Games. His sixth place finish in the 1960 Olympic 10K was one of the top American distance running performances in an era when few top US runners concentrated on distances. Truex retired following the 1963 season after several problems with toe and foot infections from a poorly treated blister. He served for four years in the Air Force in the late 1950s and later entered law school. He became a prominent trial lawyer in Los Angeles specializing in real estate litigation. Later in life he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease but fought it valiantly, including undergoing a fetal brain transplant in China, but eventually succumbed to the disease 15 years after his diagnosis.

Personal Bests: Mile – 4:06.6 (1957); 2 miles – 8:44.6 (1960); 5000 – 13:49.6 (1962); 10000 – 28:50.2 (1960).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics Men's 10,000 metres United States USA AC DNF
1960 Summer 24 Roma Athletics Men's 10,000 metres United States USA 6

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Standings AC DNF
1960 Summer 24 Roma Athletics United States Final Standings 6 28:50.2 28:50.34