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    i need to find info on michael franks who ran the 400 in 82,83 i think he won a silver at the worlds in 83

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    Re: michael franks 1983 400m

    Yes, Michael Franks took the silver in the 1983 WC. Bert Cameron won the race. When I think of Michael Franks, I usually think of his wonderful anchor leg in the 4 X 400 at the 1985 World Cup in Canberra. It's one of the best anchor legs I have ever seen. I think Franks ran about 44.2, but that's only part of the story. Ray Armstead was the third leg on that winning team and as I recall, the Soviet runner bumped Armstead off the track before he could get the baton to Franks. Franks had to go backwards to get the stick from Armstead. By the time Franks started his leg, he was in fourth place. Armstead was bringing the U.S. team in first place. Franks ran a beautiful leg and won the race. I don't think the Soviet Union even got in the top four. I think East Germany may have been second to the U.S. in that relay.
    Franks must be at least 40 years old by now. I remember he went to high school in St. Louis and ran for Southern Illinois. He was second in the 1984 NCAA 400. He was spiked during the NCAA 4 X 400 relay and that may have cost him a spot on the 1984 Olympic team. Who knows? I'd love to know what he is doing now. If you can get a copy of that 1985 World Cup relay, watch it...what an anchor.

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      Re: michael franks 1983 400m

      >Yes, Michael Franks took the silver in the 1983 WC. Bert Cameron won the race.
      >When I think of Michael Franks, I usually think of his wonderful anchor leg in
      >the 4 X 400 at the 1985 World Cup in Canberra. It's one of the best anchor
      >legs I have ever seen. I think Franks ran about 44.2, but that's only part of
      >the story. Ray Armstead was the third leg on that winning team and as I
      >recall, the Soviet runner bumped Armstead off the track before he could get
      >the baton to Franks. Franks had to go backwards to get the stick from
      >Armstead. By the time Franks started his leg, he was in fourth place.
      >Armstead was bringing the U.S. team in first place. Franks ran a beautiful
      >l leg and won the race. I don't think the Soviet Union even got in the top
      >four. I think East Germany may have been second to the U.S. in that
      >relay.

      Yes the East German Men's tema did finish second to USA, and the Oceania (Australia) team finished in 3rd place.

      http://www.gbrathletics.com/ic/wp.htm

      On the page above scroll down to Men's 4x400m relay results.

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