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Bob Hayes

Wins Gold At 1964 Olympics

At the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Hayes's performance in the 100 meters was amazing. His time equaled the current world record of ten seconds, but he achieved it while running on a wet cinder track that had been chewed up by a previous event. In addition, one of Hayes's shoes had been misplaced, so he won the event while wearing one borrowed shoe—and he beat the other runners by more than two meters. In Sports Illustrated, Paul Zimmerman described Hayes's response to winning the gold medal: "He did a little hop-step across the room, stopped, put his hands on his temples, looked upward and let out a big surge of emotion: 'Ooooh! Ooooh! He did this for five minutes or so before being called out to get his medal. I can't remember ever seeing such pure joy in a human being."


1942 Born December 20, in Jacksonville, Florida
1961-65 Attends Florida A&M University on a football scholarship; also runs track
1964 Wins Olympic gold medals in 100 meters and 4 × 100 meter relay
1965-74 Member of Dallas Cowboys football team
1965-67 Member of Pro Bowl team
1972 Dallas Cowboys win Super Bowl
1975 Member of San Francisco 49ers football team
1975 Retires from football
1976 Inducted into U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame and Florida A&M University Hall of Fame
1979 Pleads guilty to charge of selling cocaine, receives ten-year sentence; spends five months in jail before being released on probation
1979-89 Battles addiction to drugs and alcohol, enters rehab three times
1994 Completes his degree in elementary education at Florida A&M at the age of 51
2001 Inducted into Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor
2002 Inducted into Texas Black Sport Hall of Fame
2002 Dies of kidney failure in Jacksonville, Florida

In the 4 × 100-meter relay, Hayes ran the anchor leg, taking his team from fifth place, three meters behind the leader, to the gold medal, winning by three meters. His split was clocked at 8.6 seconds. The team as a whole set a world record of 39.06 seconds. When Hayes returned home, he went to Griffin's house, and thanked Griffin for his coaching. Then he put his gold medal around Griffin's neck. Hayes told Kindred, "In good times and bad times, Coach Pete was there for me…. When I was down, he was up for me."

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