But first there are two significant meets to report. The Carreras Invitational in Kingston, Jamaica on sees a world record tied in the broad jump and the American record set in the 880.
|Bob Schul setting the WR 2 Milwa|
|Bob Hayes (w/permission of Finobbar Callanan)|
|Charlie Greene will have to wait 4 more years|
A month ago Ralph Boston tied Igor Ter-Ovanesyan's world record in the broad jump. he opens with a wind-aided 27-10¼ and follows with a legal 26-11¼. On his third attempt he erases the great Russian's name from the record books with a leap of 27-4¼.
Soon to become a household name
If anyone was certain of his spot on the team it is shot put world record holder Dallas Long. He has trained through this meet but wins with a throw of 64-9. Young Randy Matson says he has been nervous for a month. He is on his way to Tokyo off his second place 63-10. The drama is in the battle for third. On his second attempt, Dave Davis throws 62-8. Apparently there is a lack of communication. With a field of six, one would think everyone would have six throws. Not so. After three rounds the field is pared to four. Parry O'Brien, in fourth at 61-5, should know this. But he doesn't and is surprised when the field is cut, eliminating Gary Gubner and John McGrath. Gubner had thrown 61-4½. Had the big New Yorker thrown ¾ of an inch further, it would have been Parry taking a seat. O'Brien has caught a break and, in the fourth round, takes advantage of it with a throw of 63-2 to move past Davis. Big Dave can't beat that so Parry is on his fourth Olympic team.
110 Meters HH
|Blaine Lindgren and Hayes Jones|
|Al Oerter an off day but still on the plane|
Jerry Siebert won the first 800 qualifying race and thus only has to prove his fitness today. This is a good thing, for the former Cal star as he has a cold. He is up against Morgan Groth who just took his American 880 record. Tom Farrell, Fran Smith, Darnell Mitchell and Barry Sugden comprise the rest of the strong field. As is his habit, Mitchell leads. Groth, taking no chances, is on his shoulder.
|Tom Farrell #10|
|Cassell and Larabee on a relay|