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Bob Hayes

Full name: Robert Lee "Bob" Hayes
Nickname(s): Bullet Bob
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 190 lbs (86 kg)
Born: December 20, 1942 in Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Died: September 18, 2002 in Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Affiliations: Florida A&M Rattlers, Tallahassee (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Other SR Links: Pro-Football-Reference.com

Biography

Bob Hayes is arguably the fastest sprinter of all time before the [Usain Bolt] era. During his four years at Florida A&M, Hayes lost only two of 62 finals at 100y or 100m. At 100m he had a best time of 10.06, which he clocked in the Olympic final on a cinder track after running a wind-assisted 9.91 in the semi-finals. Hayes was the first runner to run 100y in 9.1, and the first man to better six seconds for 60y indoors. Hayes won the AAU 100y for three straight years starting in 1962 and the NCAA 200m in 1964. From 1962-64 he won 49 consecutive races over 100 yards or 100 metres. His anchor leg in the 1964 Olympic relay, making up a four-meter deficit, was a fitting climax to a truly brilliant career. Estimates of his time range as low as 8.6 for the 100 meter leg, with an estimated 100y time of 7.7 seconds.

The relay was Hayes' final track race and upon his return home, he signed a pro football contract with the Dallas Cowboys. As a wide receiver and punt returner he became one of the great players of the game and should be credited with revolutionizing pass defense. Man-to-man coverage was woefully inadequate in coping with his speed, and it ushered in the era of zone defense in pass coverage. Hayes played pro football for 11 years – 10 with Dallas and a final one with the San Francisco 49ers. He finished with 371 receptions, and a career average of 20.0 yards/catch, one of only 6 NFLers to average 20 or more yards per catch for a career. He led the NFL in 1965 and 1971 in yards/catch and in 1968 with average punt return yardage and his career average of 11.1 yds per punt return is 19th all-time in the NFL, through 2016. Through 2016, Hayes is the only athlete to possess both an Olympic gold medal and a NFL Super Bowl ring (1972). Unfortunately in later years he ran into trouble with the law and served an eleven month jail term for possession and trafficking in illegal drugs.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.06 (1964); 200 – 20.4y (1963).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 1 Gold
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo 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
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Athletics United States Final 1 =WR 10.0 10.06 1
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 9.9w 9.91w
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 10.3 10,37
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Athletics United States Round One Heat Eight 1 QU 10.4 10,41

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Athletics United States USA Final 1 WR 39.0 39.06 7
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Athletics United States USA Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU/=OR 39.5 39,50
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Athletics United States USA Round One Heat Two 1 QU 39.8 39,83
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