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News and Notes, Volume 13, Number 8


1. Elite athletes record world-leading times at Texas Relays
2. Olympic gold medalist Ronnie Ray Smith passes away

Elite athletes record world leading times at Texas Relays
The 86th edition of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays witnessed multiple world-leading times over the weekend in Austin.

Wallace Spearmon and Darvis “Doc” Patton teamed with Maurice Mitchell and Jared Connaughton to run the fastest time in the world this season in the 4x100m at 38.36.

LeJerald Betters, Calvin Smith, Michael Courtney and Quentin Iglehart-Summers came together as a part of San Antonio Elite and recorded the fastest time in the world this year in the 4x400m at 3:01.93.

Additionally, behind a non-legal 4.3 win reading, Patton won the men’s 100m in a fast 9.75 seconds, which placed him ahead of Spearmon (9.92) and Mike Rodgers (9.93).

Olympic gold medalist Ronnie Ray Smith passes away
1968 Olympic 4x100-meter gold medalist Ronnie Ray Smith passed away Sunday at a hospice in Los Angeles at the age of 64, the Contra Costa Times is reporting.

Smith teamed up with Mel Pender and National Track & Field Hall of Fame members Charlie Greene and Jim Hines to win gold at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games in a world-record time of 38.24.

Smith tied the world record in the 100m along with Hines at the AAU meet in 1968 at 9.9 seconds before going on to finish fourth at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

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