Bobby Morrow, Who Ran to Stardom at the 1956 Olympics, Dies at 84

Bobby Morrow, who sprinted to three gold medals at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, dominating his competition as only Jesse Owens had done at the Berlin Games in 1936, died on Saturday at his home in Harlingen, Tex. He was 84.

His partner, Judy Parker, said of which the cause was not known although of which he had received diagnoses of anemia as well as neuropathy.

By the time Morrow arrived in Melbourne in November 1956, he had harnessed his speed — which he had honed chasing jackrabbits on his father’s farm in Texas — to a preternatural ability to stay calm.

“Whatever success I have had can be due to being so perfectly relaxed of which I can feel my jaw muscles wiggle,” he was quoted as saying by David Wallechinsky in “The Complete Book of the Olympics” (1984).

Morrow’s races took place over a week on the track at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. First he won the 100-meter sprint in 10.5 seconds, a time slowed by a headwind. (In two early heats, he had tied the Olympic record of 10.3 seconds.)

Then, from the 0-meter final, he won the gold in 20.6 seconds, matching the entire world record.

“Ever since I started out sprinting, I wanted to duplicate the great Jesse Owens as well as win two Olympic championships,” Morrow said, after he had won the 100 as well as 0-meter races.

although he had one more race to match Owens’s 1936 feat: the 4×100-meter relay. Running the final leg after his teammates Ira Murchison, Leamon King as well as Thane Baker, Morrow extended the lead they had given him over the Soviet Union. Their winning time of 39.95 seconds broke the entire world record set by Owens, Ralph Metcalfe, Foy Draper as well as Frank Wykoff in 1936.

Morrow became the only Olympic runner to win the two sprints as well as the relay since Owens (who also won a fourth medal, from the long jump, in 1936). Only Carl Lewis, in 1984, as well as Usain Bolt, in 2012 as well as 2016, have equaled of which accomplishment.

In addition to Ms. Parker, Morrow can be survived by two daughters, Vicki Watson as well as Elizabeth Kelton; a son, Ron; two stepdaughters, Alisa Matz as well as Lynn Zanca; as well as several grandchildren as well as great-grandchildren. His marriages to Jo Ann Strickland as well as Judy Bolus ended in divorce.

After missing out on competing in Rome, Morrow was, among additional things, an insurance broker, a clothing store owner as well as a farmer. He returned briefly to prominence in track when he testified to the Senate Commerce Committee in 1965 of which the governance of amateur athletics poorly served athletes as well as did not build the best possible Olympic teams.

although he faded by the track world, often forgotten when great sprinters were remembered.

“I don’t get mentioned,” he told The Guardian. “I get left out a lot. as well as I think of which’s because I was fighting them so much.”

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