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    I was just getting into track then and looking forward to seeing this meet. (specially the 15 and 5) I lived at that time in Miami, Fla...I turned the t.v on to Wide World of Sports at 5pm..all I remember was seeing a couple of hurdle heats, a couple of vaults and a lot of talking from McKay...I don't remember seeing any finals...anyone with a memory of this meet?

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    The 1964 AAU Championships were, I believe, held in New Jersey. I think the meet was at Rutgers University in New Jersey (I lived in California at the time and had just graduated from high school). I did not attend this meet.

    I do remember that Tom O'Hara won the 1,500 in about 3:38 for a new American record. Jim Beatty who had a fantastic 1962, was injured in 1964 and didn't run.

    I remember Bob Hayes, Henry Carr, and Mike Larrabee winning the 100, 200, and 400. They would go on to win gold medals in Tokyo about four months later.

    Bob Schul was another AAU winner who went on to win gold in Tokyo. So did Hayes Jones and Fred Hansen (win in Tokyo).

    Other winners in New Jersey who also won Olympic gold in Tokyo were Randy Matson and Al Oerter. Ralph Boston won the AAU meet, but got beat in Tokyo by Lynn Davies of Wales. Lynn Davies would go on to head British track and field a few years ago.

    A few days after the AAU Championships, the Olympic Semi Trials were held at Randalls Island in New York and of course there was the big U.S. - U.S.S.R. dual meet in Los Angeles on July 25 and 26. I went to both days of this great meet in the Coliseum and still have fantastic memories of a wonderful two days of track and field.

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    • #3
      Thank you, DoubleRBar...I should have made the posting more explicit..i.e..if anyone remembered the actual t.v broadcast which barely showed 2 minutes of action...but I am jealous of the fact that you were there for Gerry Lindgren's big upset in the US/USSR meet.

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      • #4
        I don't remember anything about the television broadcast, just the results of the meet.

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        • #5
          I have a poor quality black and white recording of the 1500-800-400 from that meet. Curiously, it is reversed with the runners seemingly finishing in the back straight. It came from a UK TV site, which was covering the meet as Britain's Robbie Brightwell was running [he was 2nd in the 400]. If you want a copy Cuban, please send me an e-mail [[email protected]]

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          • #6
            [QUOTE=DoubleRBar;2711823]



            Other winners in New Jersey who also won Olympic gold in Tokyo were Randy Matson and Al Oerter.

            Randy Matson didn't win in Tokyo but did in Mexico City. Dallas Long won in Tokyo.

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            • #7
              Good eyes, huntinwr. I skipped Dallas Long's gold medal.

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              • #8
                I distinctly remember being disappointed that the mens' 1500 wasn't televised. I truly cannot recall if any part of the meet made it to the TV.

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                • #9
                  Thank you, Rhymans...very nice of you to offer...John Boulter and Peter Keeling were also there...will get in touch.

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                  • #10
                    I liked McKay but he did talk a LOT!
                    I was happy to watch Lindgren's epic 10k in person instead of viewing it with TV ads and announcer blather interruptions. Most exciting distance race I ever witnessed!
                    2nd best was Lagat's 5K at the 2016 OT's.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by DoubleRBar View Post
                      The 1964 AAU Championships were, I believe, held in New Jersey. I think the meet was at Rutgers University in New Jersey (I lived in California at the time and had just graduated from high school). I did not attend this meet.

                      A few days after the AAU Championships, the Olympic Semi Trials were held at Randalls Island in New York and of course there was the big U.S. - U.S.S.R. dual meet in Los Angeles on July 25 and 26. I went to both days of this great meet in the Coliseum and still have fantastic memories of a wonderful two days of track and field.
                      I attended the meets at Rutgers and Randalls Island, but not the US-USSR meet. Those were great days, indeed.

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                      • #12
                        Final Olympic Trials in 1964 were in Los Angeles. You are probably thinking of 1968.

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                        • #13
                          That was the SFOT in 64 at RI.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by dukehjsteve View Post
                            That was the SFOT in 64 at RI.
                            Yes, that's what DoubleRBar said in post #2.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by thedoorknobbroke
                              Wasn't it 1964 that 2 USOT were held? There was also some controversy over a possible boycott of the OG's by Black athletes so the word around was that they held a 2nd OT's to get enough white athletes to qualify. Hope my memory is ok!
                              I wouldn't advise any appearances on Jeopardy.

                              There was an SFOT and OT in both '64 and '68. The latter version was already in the works before the Mexico boycott talk.

                              There was no racial component to either.

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