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  • Who was Jim GOLLIDAY?...

    Through the fifties, he seemed to be a
    great sprinter- Ihave just had a look at the
    World rankings during that decade - and I read
    somewhere that too many injuries had destroyed
    his fantastic potential.
    Can anyone tell me more about his athletic life?
    I read he was dead from a heart attack in 1970.

  • #2
    Re: Who was Jim GOLLIDAY?...

    From Quercetani's recent book.

    Jim Golliday was born at Sacramento, on April 23, 1931. During the fifties was 1.76 m tall (5'9") and weighed 76 kg (167 lb). Won NCAA 100 m in 1952 in 10.4 against a stiff wind. Sidelined later by muscular ailment. On May 14, 1955, Golliday equalled the world record 9.3 for 100 y at Evanston, IL.

    Quercetani comments "American experts still wonder what Golliday might have achieved if his muscles had not failed him now and then. At his best he looked very much like the perfect sprinter."


    • #3
      Re: Who was Jim GOLLIDAY?...

      In 1950 he win the AAU-juniors ahead of Art Bragg who then won the "regular" AAU where Golliday was forth. Ran 9,6 for 100 yards and 10,5 in Europe

      In 1951 he won the AAU and several big races in Europe (Basel, Paris, Stuttgart, Z├╝rich, Wien....) 10,3 best

      In 1952 he won the Big10, the NCAA and was eliminated in a AAU-semifinal (injured). Best of 9,5

      In 1953 placed third in the AAAand had a best of 9,6

      In 1954 he ran 10,3 in Europe....

      In 1955 he won Big10, the Colliseum Relays and the NCAA and ran 9,3
      In 1956 he was eliminated in a AAU semifinal