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This Day in Track & Field–June 2

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By Walt Murphy’s News and Results Service (wmurphy25@aol.com), used with permission.

1912—Abel Kiviat set a World Record 3:56.8 for 1500 meters on NY’s Long Island. He would improve the record to 3:55.8 six days later, becoming the first official record recognized by the IAAF. Kiviat would win the silver medal in the 1500 at the Stockholm Olympics later in the year.


1928–16-year-old Elizabeth “Betty” Robinson set a World Record of 12.0 in the 100-Meters in Chicago. She went on to win the gold medal in the 100 at the Antwerp Olympics, becoming the first-ever female Olympic champion in T&F.

            After surviving a near-fatal plane crash in 1931, she returned to the Olympics in 1936 and won another gold medal in the 4×100 Relay. She was inducted into the National Hall of Fame in 1977.

Wiki Biohttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Robinson


Olympic Videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGcC2kn4qgU