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This Day in Track & Field History, March 23, 2024, Henry Carr, John Pennel, Sergey Bubka, by Walt Murphy News and Services

This Day in Track & Field History, March 23, 2024, Henry Carr, John Pennel, Sergey Bubka, by Walt Murphy News and Services

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This Day in Track & Field/X-Country–March 23

1963–Arizona State sophomore Henry Carr, a future Hall-of-Famer, set World Records for 200 meters and 220 yards by running 20.3 in a triangular meet on his home track in Tempe, Arizona. He also won the 100-yard dash in 9.5, finished 2nd in the Long Jump (23-9 [7.24]), anchored the winning 440y-relay, and ran a 46.0 2nd leg on a Mile Relay that set a Collegiate Record of 3:07.2. Carr went on to win gold medals in the 200-meters and 4×400 relay at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.  HOF Bio(1997)https://www.usatf.org/athlete-bios/henry-carr

1963–In Memphis, John Pennel, who was inducted into the U.S. Hall of Fame in 2004, bettered the World Record in the Pole Vault with his clearance of 16-3 (4.955m?)., but, for unknown reasons, the AAU never submitted that mark and a subsequent jump of 16-4 (4.98m) on April 10 to the IAAF for official recognition.

HOF Biohttps://www.usatf.org/athlete-bios/john-pennel

https://www.nytimes.com/1993/09/29/obituaries/john-pennel-first-pole-vaulter-to-clear-17-feet-is-dead-at-53.html

1963—4 American Records were set or tied at the U.S. Women’s Indoor Championships, which were held at French Field House in Columbus, Ohio:

220y–Marilyn White 24.8

440y—Sue Knott 57.0

880y—Leah Ferris  2:13.6

70y-Hurdles—Janell Smith 9.2(=AR)

Other winners included:

50y—Willye White 5.9

100y—Edith McGuire 11.1

High Jump—Eleanor Montgomery  5-5  ½

Long Jump—19-4  (2. Willye White 19-2, 3. Martha Watson 18-9)

1968–Doris Brown (4.5k/15:00) won her second straight International/World X-Country title in Blackburn, England, and led the U.S. to its first team title (a 1-point win over England/19-20).

Tunisia’s Mohammed Gammoudi (35:25.4) beat England’s Ron Hill (35:26.8) to win the Men’s title.

Other notable/U.S. finishers

Senior Men(12.1km):10.Ian McCafferty (SCO), 18.Lachie Stewart (SCO), 27.Bill Clark (USA), 30.Michel Bernard (FRA), 31.Gaston Roelants (BEL), 34.Herb Lorenz (USA), 36.Don Lakin (USA),…

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