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Mike Larrabee

Photo of Mike Larrabee

Inducted: 2003, athlete

Born: December 2, 1933
Deceased: April 22, 2003

Events
400 m - 44.90


A double gold medalist at the 1964 Olympics, Mike Larrabee turned in one of the Games' most memorable performances. Coming into the homestretch of the 400 meter final, Larrabee was in fifth place. The 30-year-old schoolteacher put on a burst of speed to pass the four runners ahead of him and claim the gold medal in 45.1 seconds. Larrabee also ran the second leg (44.8) on Team USA's gold medal winning 4x400m relay team that set a world record of 3:00.7. Larrabee's performances in Tokyo capped a banner year in which he equaled the world record of 44.9 in winning the 400 meters at the Olympic Trials in Los Angeles. As a collegian, he competed for the University of Southern California, where he was part of the Trojans' 1954 and 1955 NCAA championship teams. Post-collegiately, he ran for the Southern California Striders. After two failed attempts to make the Olympic team (in 1956 and 1960), Larrabee made the wait pay off in 1964.

Records Held
World Record: 400 m - 44.90 (September 12, 1964 - )
World Record: 1,600 m relay - 3:00.70

Championships
1964 Olympics: 400 m - 45.10 (1st)
1964 Olympics: 1,600 m relay - 3:00.70 (1st)

Education
undergraduate: USC (Los Angeles, California), 1955

Occupations
Teacher
Sales representative

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