‘To watch him run was to witness music, dance and song’

By Ed Odeven
TOKYO (June 14, 2015) — Today’s Olympic Notebook, featured in The Japan Times, begins with a look at Henry Carr’s remarkable accomplishments as a track sprinter.

One of his 1964 Olympic teammates, 10,000-meter gold medalist Billy Mills, gave an unforgettable summary of Carr’s running style: ““To watch him run was to witness music, dance and song.”

Carr left Tokyo with gold medals in the 200 meters and the 4×400 meter relay.

The former Arizona State track star passed away on May 29 at age 73.

The surviving members of the winning 4×400 relay, Ollan Cassell and ex-Sun Devils teammate Ulis Williams, reflect on Carr’s life, his personality, their friendship with him and some details about the lineup change for the 4×400 final that are not widely known.

Here’s the link to the article: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2015/06/13/olympics/carr-starred-tokyo-games/

Here’s YouTube footage of the 200-meter final in Tokyo:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdfB8ni1FK0

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Author: odevened

A sports writer/columnist who believes the unfolding story is always fascinating. Same goes for retelling tales of yore.

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