We received word today that Houston McTear has passed away after suffering from lung cancer.
He'll be remembered for his meteoric rise as a world record setter at 9.0 100 yards when he was
in high school in Florida. After qualifying for the 1976 Olympic Games, he had to withdraw due to
injury. With the US boycott in 1980 his career was over. He was exploited by one agent in
particular and left penniless and living on the beaches for ten years in California. He made a
comeback in life after reuniting with a Swedish sprinter he had known years before and redeemed
What Happened to Houston McTear? This article by Dave Joseph from the Oct. 30, 1988 edition of the Ft. Lauderdale News Sun & Sentinel takes you up to 1985 when Houston was near the bottom. We'll keep looking for more about his later life. The is an attempt to do a film on McTear. See this crowd funding piece. I don't know if the money was raised to make the film.
9 Seconds crowd funder for McTear film. This tells a bit more about the rest of Houston McTear's life.
Sorry to hear about the passing of Houston McTear, a fabulous sprinter in high school. When I think of him I think of a story Lamar Preyor told me while they were at the Junior Nationals their senior year. The night before, in a hotel room, Houston said he was going to run 9.1 for 100 yards. He set aside 9 cigarettes and then 1 more and proceeded to smoke all 10. The next day he smoked his opponents including Lamar who I believe was second. With that in mind it is not surprising he died of lung cancer. Bill