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3-time Olympic winner Morrow dies at 84

American treble Olympic gold medalist Bobby Joe Morrow — who won the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4x100 relay gold at the 1956 Melbourne Games, has died at the age of 84.

The San Benito school district, which honored the hometown hero by naming its football stadium after him, expressed condolences on its Facebook page on Saturday, saying Morrow’s legacy would “live on forever” in the Texas town. Morrow’s family said he died of natural causes at home in San Benito. At Melbourne in 1956, Morrow joined US great Jesse Owens as the only men to win the 100, 200 and 4x100 gold at a single Olympics — a feat later matched by American Carl Lewis and Jamaican Usain Bolt. He was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year that year — beating out baseball hero Mickey Mantle and boxer Floyd Patterson. Morrow retired from athletics in 1958, and in a brief comeback bid in 1960 failed to qualify for the US Olympic team. He was inducted into the US National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1989.


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