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Dave Sime

Full name: David William "Dave" Sime
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (189 cm)
Weight: 179 lbs (81 kg)
Born: July 25, 1936 in Paterson, New Jersey, United States
Died: January 12, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Affiliations: Duke Blue Devils, Durham (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

During an injury-plagued career, Duke’s Dave Sime never won a major championship, but was undoubtedly one of the fastest sprinters of his time. He equalled the world record of 9.3 for 100y three times, set world records of 20.1 and 20.0 for 220y straight, and equalled the world record of 22.2 for 220y hurdles. After a poor start in the 1960 Olympic 100 metre final, Dave Sime narrowly failed to catch world record holder, [Armin Hary] of West Germany at the tape. He also ran a great anchor leg in the relay to make up a two meter-deficit on the West Germans, but although Sime broke the tape in a world record, the Americans were disqualified for a faulty change-over on the first pass.

Sime came to Duke on a baseball scholarship, and only took up track for "something to do." While he was in medical school at Duke, he played one year of football (American) as a wide receiver. Despite his lack of experience, he was a late round 1959 NFL draft choice by the Detroit Lions.

After graduation, Sime turned down pro baseball offers in order to attend Duke Medical School. He did his residency at the Bascon-Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, and became a practicing ophthalmologist in Miami. He made headlines in the 1970s for his successful treatment of Miami Dolphins quarterback, Bob Griese, for some vision problems, and Sime numbered among his celebrity clients Mickey Mantle, Don Shula, and Jim Murray.

Personal Bests: 100y – 9.3 (1956); 100 – 10.1 (1960); 200 – 20.8 (1960); 220y – 20.0s (1956); 220yH – 22.2 (1956); LJ – 23-6 (7.16) (1956).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 24 Roma Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 2 Silver
1960 Summer 24 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 24 Roma Athletics United States Final 2 =OR 10.2 10.35 1
1960 Summer 24 Roma Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 10.4 10.46
1960 Summer 24 Roma Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 10.3 10.37
1960 Summer 24 Roma Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 3 QU 10.5 10.75

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1960 Summer 24 Roma Athletics United States USA Final AC DQ [39.4] [39.60] 1
1960 Summer 24 Roma Athletics United States USA Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 39.7 39.67
1960 Summer 24 Roma Athletics United States USA Round One Heat Four 1 QU 39.7 39.87
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