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EULACE PEACOCK SPRINTS-LONG JUMP (Inducted 1987)

Born August 27, 1914, Dothan, Ala. Died December 13, 1996.

One of the world's top sprinters and long jumpers during a 15-year span in the 1930s and 1940s, Eulace Peacock achieved his greatest fame just prior to World War II. His speed and jumping ability rivaled that of Jesse Owens, one of his top rivals during that period.

While at Temple University, he staked his claim to track and field stardom with two major upsets in 1935. He won the AAU 100 that year in a wind-aided 10.2, defeating a field that included Hall of Famers Owens and Ralph Metcalfe. He followed that with a long jump victory over Owens, leaping 26-3 for a career best. During the next several days, he defeated Owens twice more in the sprints and overall, he bested Owens seven of 10 times in the sprints and long jump. His chance for Olympic glory in 1936 was dashed when a pulled thigh muscle kept him off the Olympic team. World War II followed and by the time of the next Olympics (1948) Peacock was past his prime. A versatile athlete, he also won the AAU pentathlon title six times between 1933 and 1945. Once a co-holder of the world 100-meter record at 10.3, he remained active in the sport as a certified official.

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