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Larry James, Double Olympic Medalist Dies at 61
  • November 9th, 2008

Larry James (Third Leg) 4x400m 1968 Olympic Games – World Record of 2:56.16

Larry James won silver in the 400m (43.97s) and gold in the 4x400m of the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico. He was 61 year old when he passed on at his home in Smithville, New Jersey. He succumb to colon cancer.

Nicknamed “The Mighty Burner”, James was known for his speed. He was remembered for his amazing 43.8 seconds split (third leg) in the finals of 1600m relays at Mexico. That race comprise of a team that broke the world record (2:56.16) and it stood for 24 years.

He once held the 400m world record of 44.1 seconds, in the trial leading up to the 1968 Olympic Games.

Before his death, he retired from his Dean of Athletics job at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey of 28 years.


Posted by Uncle Sha.
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