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Bobby Joe Morrow

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameBobby Joe•Morrow
Used nameBobby Joe•Morrow
Born15 October 1935 in Harlingen, Texas (USA)
Died30 May 2020 in San Benito, Texas (USA)
Measurements186 cm / 75 kg
AffiliationsACU Wildcats, Abilene (USA)
NOC United States


Although other sprinters can claim faster times, Bobby Morrow has the finest competitive record of any man in the history of sprinting and is unquestionably the greatest white sprinter in history. In his freshman year at Abilene Christian he lost only once; the following year he was undefeated at 220 y and lost only once at 100 y. Apart from his triple Olympic successes he equalled the world 220 y turn record three times and matched the world 100 m record three times. As a member of the winning Olympic relay team in 1956 he shared the world record of 39.5 (39.60) and he twice helped Abilene Christian set a world record in the 4×110 y relay. He was also a member of three teams which set world records for the 4×220 y relay. In addition he took the AAU 100 three times, the 220 y once, and won the sprint double at the 1956-57 NCAA. Perhaps Morrow’s greatest honor came in January 1957 when he was named “Sportsman of the Year” by Sports Illustrated.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.2 (1956); 200 – 20.75 (1956); 400 – 47.7y (1959).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Bobby Joe Morrow
100 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
200 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 100 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1956 Summer Olympics 23 November 1956 Athletics 100 metres, Men Quarter-Finals, Heat One 10.3 1
1956 Summer Olympics 24 November 1956 Athletics 100 metres, Men Semi-Finals, Heat Two 10.3 1
1956 Summer Olympics 27 November 1956 Athletics 200 metres, Men Final 20.6 WR 1
1956 Summer Olympics 1 December 1956 Athletics 4 × 100 metres Relay, Men Final 39.5 WR 1

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