Olympic Sprint Legend Bobby Morrow Dies Aged 84
- American sprinter Bobby Morrow, who won three gold medals at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, died on Saturday at the age of 84.
- Morrow won gold in the 100 and 200 metres and anchored the US to victory in the 4x100m relay, in which they set a world record. He is one of the four men to win these three events at a single Games, alongside Jesse Owens, Carl Lewis and Usain Bolt.
- He was named Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsman of the Year” in 1956 and set 11 ratified world records during his career.
- US media reported that Morrow died of natural causes at his home in San Benito, Texas.
- Born in Harlingen in October 1935, Bobby Joe Morrow was raised by his parents on a cotton and carrot farm in San Benito.
- A standout American footballer and then sprinter at the local high school, he turned down approaches from top universities across the country to stay at home in Texas.
- His three Olympic golds in Australia propelled him to stardom with Morrow gracing the cover of Life magazine and Sports Illustrated, beating baseball great Mickey Mantle to the latter’s Sportsman of the Year award.
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