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Henry Carr

Henry Carr
Henry Carr (center) at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1941-11-27)November 27, 1941
Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Died May 29, 2015(2015-05-29) (aged 73)
Griffin, Georgia, United States
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 84 kg (185 lb)
Sport Sprint running
Club Phoenix Olympic Club
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 100 yd – 9.3 (1963)
100 m – 10.2 (1964)
200 m – 20.1 (1964)
400 – 45.4 (1963)[1]
Henry Carr
Date of birth (1941-11-27)November 27, 1941
Place of birth Montgomery, Alabama
Date of death May 29, 2015(2015-05-29) (aged 73)
Place of death Griffin, Georgia
Career information
Position(s) Safety
College Arizona State
NFL draft 1965 / Round: 4 / Pick: 43
Career history
As player
1965–1967 New York Giants
Career stats
  • Playing stats at
  • Playing stats at

Henry Carr (November 27, 1941 – May 29, 2015) was an American track and field athlete who won two gold medals at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.[1]


  • Early life 1
  • Olympics 2
  • Professional football career 3
  • Personal life 4
  • Accolades and awards 5
  • World records 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

Born in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1941,[2] Carr moved with his family to Detroit, Michigan when he was young.[3]

Prior to bringing his athletic talents to Arizona State University (ASU), Carr was a state champion sprinter for Northwestern High School in Detroit having posted a 100 yard time of 9.3 seconds. While competing for the ASU Sun Devils, he won three national titles; along the way setting world records at 220 yards and as a member of the Sun Devil 4 x 440 yard relay team.

Henry Carr won the 1963 NCAA title at 200 meters in 20.5; the same year he ran 20.69 to tie Paul Drayton for the USA title. Twice that season Carr ran world records; a non-ratified 20.4 for 220 yards and, three days later in a college triangular meet, a 20.3 for 220 yards. Henry Carr ran even faster in 1964; setting a world record of 20.2 for 220 yards. He also defeated Drayton into second place to win the national title.[4]


It was at the 1964 Olympics where Carr would achieve his greatest fame; Carr won the 200 meters (in an Olympic Record time) and anchored the winning 4 x 400 meter relay team to a world record 3:00.7 (with Ollan Cassell, Mike Larrabee and Ulis Williams).

Carr had a fright in his qualification for the Olympics. He had won the semi-final trials held in New York in July and only had to prove his fitness at the final trials in September in Los Angeles. However, he was well beaten into fourth place in the final there and with only 3 to qualify he could have been eliminated. His earlier win was enough though to convince the selectors that he should go to the Olympics.[5][6][7]

Professional football career

Following the Olympics, Carr played American football in the National Football League. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 1965 NFL Draft by the New York Giants and played three seasons as a safety and cornerback with New York. In his last year with them he was hampered by a knee injury.[3]

In 1969, he had a try-out with the Detroit Lions but quit their training camp.[8]

Personal life

After he left the NFL he found difficulty in adjusting and finding work. He found new purpose in 1973 when he became one of

  • Henry Carr: Detroit Northwestern High School 1961, Michtrack
  • Whether at ASU, the Olympics or NFL, Carr could motor. Arizona Daily Star, July 16 2011.

External links

  1. ^ a b c Henry Carr. Sports Reference
  2. ^ Richard Goldstein (June 7, 2015) Henry Carr, Olympic Sprinter and a Football Giant, Dies at 73. New York Times.
  3. ^ a b c d Richard Goldstein (June 7, 2015). "Henry Carr, Gold Medalist and Then a Giant, Dies at 73".  
  4. ^ "A History Of The Results Of The National Track & Field Championships Of The USA From 1876 Through 2014".  
  5. ^ Richard Hymans. "Olympic Trials History".  
  6. ^ Richard Rothschild (July 24, 1992). "Flexible Rules Helped Carr Rule In `64".  
  7. ^ E L Quercetani & G Pallicca, A World History of Sprint Racing 1850-2005, p 90-91.
  8. ^ "Carr Quits and Lions cut him".  
  9. ^ Mickey Herskowitz and Steve Perkins (May 29, 1976). "Saturday Sportsline".  
  10. ^ Jeff Metcalfe (June 2, 2015) ASU, Olympic track champion Henry Carr dies at 73.
  11. ^ "World Rankings Index--Men's 100 meters" (PDF).  
  12. ^ "U.S. Rankings Index--Men's 100 meters" (PDF).  
  13. ^ "World Rankings Index--Men's 200 meters" (PDF).  
  14. ^ "U.S. Rankings Index--Men's 200 meters" (PDF).  
  15. ^ "World Rankings Index--Men's 400 meters" (PDF).  
  16. ^ "U.S. Rankings Index--Men's 400 meters" (PDF).  
  17. ^ "Men's and Women's Track and Field".  
  18. ^ "Henry Carr".  
  19. ^ Progression of IAAF World Records 2011 Edition, Editor Imre Matrahazi, IAAF Athletics, p. 462.


Note: he also ran a 20.4 s for 220 y on March 19, 1963 that was never ratified as a world record.

Carr set the following world records during his track career:[19]

World records

Carr was a 1975 Charter inductee in the Arizona State Sun Devils Athletics Hall of Fame.[17] In 1997, he was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame.[18]

Carr was ranked among the best in the USA and the world in the 100, 200 and 400 m sprint events in the period 1962-64, according to the votes of the experts of Track and Field News.[11][12][13][14][15][16]

Accolades and awards


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