Bobby Joe Morrow, the Texas sprinter who received three gold medals within the 1956 Melbourne Olympics whereas a pupil at Abilene Christian College, died Saturday. He was 84.

Morrow’s household mentioned he died of pure causes at residence in San Benito.

Morrow received the 100 and 200 meters in Melbourne and anchored the USA’ champion 400 relay workforce, matching the world document of 20.6 seconds within the 200 and serving to the relay squad set a world document.

Earlier in 1956 he efficiently defended his AAU 100-yard title and swept the sprints for Abilene Christian on the nationwide faculty championships. He was honored as “Sportsman of the Yr” by Sports activities Illustrated, and received the AAU’s James E. Sullivan Award the next 12 months.

“Our ideas and prayers are with the Morrow household,” Abilene Christian tweeted on its sports activities account.

Morrow spent most of his life within the Rio Grande Valley alongside the Gulf of Mexico close to the Mexican border. He was born in Harlingen and grew up in San Benito. He starred in observe and soccer at San Benito Excessive College, the place the soccer stadium is known as Bobby Morrow Stadium.

“Mr. Morrow’s legacy will dwell on endlessly in San Benito,” the San Benito faculty district mentioned on Fb.

Morrow was inducted into the Nationwide Monitor and Subject Corridor of Fame in 1989.


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