1960 United States Olympic Trials (track and field)

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1960 United States Olympic Track And Field Trials
Host city Stanford, United States
Date(s) July 1-2
Main stadium Stanford Stadium
StanfordStadium2004.jpg
Level Senior
Type Outdoor
1956
1964

The men's 1960 United States Olympic Trials for track and field for men were held at the Stanford Stadium at Stanford University in California, between July 1-2. The 20 kilometer walk trials were held in Baltimore, Maryland, on July 17, and the 50 kilometer walk trials were held on July 3 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Two marathon trials were held between two races, the AAU National Championships in Yonkers, New York, on May 22 and the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 19. As it turned out, the three selectees were the top 3 at Yonkers, but that is because Gordon McKenzie was also the first American finisher at Boston.

The 10,000 meters was held during a heat wave in Bakersfield, California on July 24-25. Because of the temperatures, still 80°F at midnight, the race began at 11:58 p.m. on the 24th so the bulk of the race took place technically on the 25th. Several international athletes were allowed to participate in hopes of drawing the Americans to fast times, but the heat dashed those plans.

The decathlon was held a week after the trials, allowing athletes to make attempts at individual events. Rafer Johnson threw the javelin, Bob Gutowski tried to qualify in the pole vault, and Mike Herman attempted the long jump. While Herman failed to get a legal attempt in the long jump, a week later his World Decathlon Best 26'3" would have chased Ralph Boston and certainly would have been good enough to qualify. American resident, but Taiwanese citizen C. K. Yang was allowed to participate in the decathlon, where he pushed his college teammate Rafer Johnson to the world record, but his performance did not displace the American athletes in the trials. The process was organized by the AAU.

The Women's Olympic Trials were held separately in Abilene, Texas between July 15-6.[1]

Men's results[edit]

Key: Athlete without "A" standard, not selected. All events considered to be held at high altitude.

Men track events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 meters Ray Norton 10.4 Frank Budd 10.4 Dave Sime 10.4
200 meters Ray Norton 20.5 =WR Stone Johnson 20.8 Les Carney 20.9
400 meters Jack Yerman 46.3 Earl Young 46.5 Otis Davis 46.7
800 meters Tom Murphy 1:46.7 Jerry Siebert 1:46.8 Ernie Cunliffe 1:47.5
1500 meters Dyrol Burleson 3:46.9 Jim Grelle 3:47.4 Pete Close 3:49.0
5000 meters Jim Beatty 14:13.6 Bill Dellinger 14:13.8 Bob Soth 14:18.6
10,000 meters Al Lawrence  Australia
Max Truex
30:11.4
30:16.3
Doug Kyle  Canada
Pete McArdle
30:12.6
30:22.0
Bob Soth 30:26.5
110 m hurdles Lee Calhoun 13.4 =NR Willie May 13.5 Hayes Jones 13.5
400 m hurdles Glenn Davis 49.5 Dick Howard 49.8 Cliff Cushman 49.9
3000 m s'chase George Young 8:50.6 Phil Coleman 8:51.0 Deacon Jones 8:52.5
20K racewalk Rudy Haluza 1:34:12 Alex Oakley  Canada
Ron Zinn
1:34:55
1:35:58
Bob Mimm 1:36:07
50K racewalk Ron Laird 4:40:09 John Allen 4:41:36 Bruce MacDonald 4:45:42
Boston Marathon Paavo Kotila  Finland
Gordon McKenzie
2:20:54
2:22:18
Jim Green 2:23:37 Alfred Confalone 2:26:30
Yonkers Marathon John J. Kelley
2:20:13.6 Gordon McKenzie 2:23:46 Alex Breckenridge 2:32:41

Men field events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
High jump John Thomas 2.23 m (7 ft 3​34 in)WR Joe Faust 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)=WJR Charles Dumas 6 ft 11 in (2.1 m)
Pole vault Don Bragg 4.80 m (15 ft 8​34 in)WR Ron Morris 4.70 m (15 ft 5 in) Dave Clark 4.65 m (15 ft 3 in)
Long jump Ralph Boston 8.09 m (26 ft 6​12 in)w Anthony Watson 7.85 m (25 ft 9 in) Irv Roberson 7.75 m (25 ft 5 in)
Triple jump Ira Davis 16.18 m (53 ft 1 in) Herm Stokes 15.82 m (51 ft 10​34 in)w Bill Sharpe 15.79 m (51 ft 9​12 in)w
Shot put Dallas Long 19.74 m (64 ft 9 in) Parry O'Brien 19.25 m (63 ft 1​34 in) Dave Davis 19.45 m (63 ft 9​12 in)
Discus throw Rink Babka 58.61 m (192 ft 3 in) Al Oerter 57.38 m (188 ft 3 in) Dick Cochran 55.45 m (181 ft 11 in)
Hammer throw Al Hall 65.41 m (214 ft 7 in) Hal Connolly 64.71 m (212 ft 3 in) Ed Bagdonas 62.76 m (205 ft 10 in)
Javelin throw Al Cantello 84.61 m (277 ft 7 in) Bill Alley 82.18 m (269 ft 7 in) Terry Beucher 78.00 m (255 ft 10 in)
Decathlon Rafer Johnson 8683 WR C. K. Yang  Taiwan
Phil Mulkey
8426 =AR
7652
Dave Edstrom 7530

Women's results[edit]

Women track events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 meters Wilma Rudolph 11.5 =NR Barbara Jones 11.6 Martha Hudson 11.7
200 meters Wilma Rudolph 23.9 Lucinda Williams 24.3 Ernestine Pollards 24.5
800 meters Pat Daniels 2:15.6 NR Rosie Lovelace 2:15.7 Doris Severtsen[2] 2:17.6
80 m hurdles
Wind aided
Shirley Crowder 11.4w Jo Ann Terry 11.4w Irene Robertson 11.4w

Women field events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
High jump Naomi Rogers 5 ft 4 in (1.62 m) Barbara Brown 5 ft 2​34 in (1.59 m) Jean Gaertner 5 ft 2​34 in (1.59 m)
Long jump Willye White 6.21 m (20 ft 4​14 in) NR Sandra Smith 5.69 m (18 ft 8 in) Anna Smith 5.64 m (18 ft 6 in)
Shot put Earlene Brown 15.49 m (50 ft 9​34 in) Sharon Shepherd 13.97 m (45 ft 10 in) Cecilia Rutledge 13.23 m (43 ft 4​34 in)
Discus throw Earlene Brown 53.90 m (176 ft 10 in) NR Olga Connolly 52.54 m (172 ft 4 in) Pamela Kurrell 48.36 m (158 ft 7 in)
Javelin throw Karen Anderson Oldham 49.82 m (163 ft 5 in)NR Margaret Scholler 47.89 m (157 ft 1 in) Karen Mendyka 43.79 m (143 ft 8 in)

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