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    Happy 74th birthday today (Friday) to an Olympic champion who competed in three Olympic Games and once carried the national flag during the Olympic Opening Ceremonies.

    The year this champion won the Olympic gold medal, our birthday athlete also competed in two other Olympic events.

    This gold medalist had to travel almost halfway around the world to get to the Olympic Games where this athlete won the gold medal.

    Our birthday individual was 22 when winning that gold medal.

    Don't concern yourself with the hurdles or weight events when thinking about our athlete's event.

    Some of you may have actually met this champion, so go ahead and name our birthday star for this penultimate Friday of May.
    Last edited by DoubleRBar; 05-20-2016, 05:38 PM.

  • #2
    The title should read "L. T. L."

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    • #3
      Originally posted by DoubleRBar View Post
      The title should read "L. T. L."
      Lynn Davies? Not sure about competing in other events. If correct, since he probably did not compete in Rome, must have been there in Munich.

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      • #4
        Happy birthday Lynn Davies and congratulations, catson52. Lynn Davies won the long jump in Tokyo (1964). He also competed in the 100 and short relay for Great Britain. He was ninth in the Mexico City (1968) long jump, and did not make the long jump finals in Munich (1972). He use to be head of UK Athletics until he retired a few months ago.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by DoubleRBar View Post
          Happy birthday Lynn Davies and congratulations, catson52. Lynn Davies won the long jump in Tokyo (1964). He also competed in the 100 and short relay for Great Britain. He was ninth in the Mexico City (1968) long jump, and did not make the long jump finals in Munich (1972). He use to be head of UK Athletics until he retired a few months ago.
          Thanks DoubleR. Didn't realize that Davies made the 100m team for Tokyo - Brit (male) sprinting was pretty weak in those days. I had just joined grad school in Canada, had no access to a TV, and never saw most of the events on the boob tube.

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          • #6
            Interesting to note that Lynn Davies anchored the British four by 100 relay team in Tokyo and they took 8th place. The winning U.S. team (Bob Hayes anchor) ran 39.0 (39.06) and the UK ran 39.6 (39.69). Pretty close between the first and last place teams.

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            • #7
              Wonder how many of those 7 teams Hayes passed?

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              • #8
                Hayes was supposedly in about 4th place - hard to tell exactly as the exchange takes place near the curve ending, and there no official splits back in 1964

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                • #9
                  Also, difficult to tell because the U.S. team was running in an outside lane (lane 7). Trent Jackson and Mel Pender were both injured in Tokyo (1964). Paul Drayton and Rich Stebbins were brought in to replace Jackson and Pender. Some say Bob Hayes took the baton in fifth place, but it could have been fourth place. By 30 meters, Hayes had already passed the field. I believe he won by about 3 meters. Some say Hayes ran the last 100 in about 8.90.

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