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Henry Carr

Inducted: 1997, athlete

Born: November 27, 1942 - Montgomery, Alabama

Events
100 m - 10.20
200 m - 20.20
400 m - 45.40


One of the greatest long sprinters in U.S. track and field history, Henry Carr was an outstanding high school sprinter in Detroit, Mich., before starring at Arizona University. While competing for the Sun Devils, he won or tied for three national titles, and set world records in the 200m, 220 yards, and 4x400m relay. He was top ranked in the world in the 200 in 1963 and 1964, before losing to Paul Drayton at the 1964 Olympic Trials. In Tokyo, he won handily, setting an Olympic record of 20.3. While running at Arizona State, he also excelled at 400 meters, running the world's sixth fastest time of 45.4 in the summer of 1963. His anchor leg of 44.5 on the 4x400m relay at the 1964 Olympics solidified the U.S. victory in that event. After college, Carr played football with the New York Giants and later the Detroit Lions.

Records Held
World Record: 200 m - 20.20 (April 4, 1964 - )
World Record: 1,600 m relay - 3:00.70
Olympic Record: 200 m - 20.30

Championships
1964 Olympics: 200 m - 20.30 (1st)
1964 Olympics: 1,600 m relay - 3:00.70 (1st)

Education
high school: Detroit Northwestern (Detroit, Michigan), 1961
undergraduate: Arizona State (Tempe, Arizona), 1964

Occupations
Professional football

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