Bobby Joe Morrow

Bobby Joe Morrow

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Bobby Joe Morrow
Event 100m
Height 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight 165 lbs (75 kg)
PR 100 – 10.2 (1956); 200 – 20.75 (1956); 400 – 47.7y (1959)
Born October 15, 1935 at Harlingen, Texas
High School San Benito HS
College Texas Christian U '57

Bobby Joe Morrow (1935—) is a former American athlete, winner of three Olympic gold medals in 1956.


Bobby Joe Morrow was born in Harlingen, Texas and raised in a farm in San Benito, Texas. Before becoming a sprinter, Morrow played football for San Benito High School. Morrow also was a sprinter at Abilene Christian University, as well as a member of the men's club Frater Sodalis. In his freshman year at Abilene Christian he lost only once; the following year he was undefeated at 220y and lost only once at 100y.

Morrow, who had won the 1955 AAU 100 yd title, had his most successful season in 1956, which led to his choice by Sports Illustrated as "Sportsman of the Year." Morrow won the sprint double in the national college championships and retained his AAU title. Late in the season, Morrow went to Melbourne as a leader of the American sprint team, where he won three gold medals.

Morrow_Bobby_01.jpg First, Morrow won the 100 m. Next, he led an American sweep of the medals in the 200 m, equalling the Olympic Record. As an anchorman for the 4 x 100 m relay team, he won his third gold, setting a world record.

After the Olympics, Morrow's success on a national level continued, but he retired in 1958. He made a short comeback before the 1960 Olympics, but he failed to qualify for the Olympic team.

After his retirement, Bobby Joe Morrow became a farmer and woodworker. He was elected to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1989 and inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1975.

In October 2006, San Benito High School named their new 11,000 seat stadium Bobby Morrow Stadium. Morrow was on hand to help dedicate the new facility.

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