Henry Carr

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Henry Carr
Paul Drayton, Henry Carr, Edwin Roberts 1964.jpg
Henry Carr (center) at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Born(1941-11-27)November 27, 1941
Montgomery, Alabama, United States
DiedMay 29, 2015(2015-05-29) (aged 73)
Griffin, Georgia, United States
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight84 kg (185 lb)
SportSprint running
ClubPhoenix 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
No. 28
Position: Safety
Personal information
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College: Arizona State
NFL Draft: 1965  / Round: 4 / Pick: 43
AFL draft: 1965  / Round:  Red Shirt 3  / Pick: 21
(By the Kansas City Chiefs) [2]
Career history
Career NFL statistics
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Player stats at PFR

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]

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1964 Summer Olympics Games of the XVIII Olympiad, celebrated in Tokyo in 1964

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Early life

Born in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1941, [3] Carr moved with his family to Detroit, Michigan when he was young. [4]

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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.

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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. [5]

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Paul Drayton (athlete) American sprinter

Otis Paul Drayton was an American sprint runner. He was an AAU champion in the 220 yd (200 m) sprint from 1961 to 1963. In 1961, he was a member of the world record of 39.1 seconds setting American 4 × 100 m relay team, and equaled the 200 m world record of 20.5 s in 1962. At the 1964 Olympics, Drayton won a silver medal in the 200 m and ran the opening leg for the gold medal winning American 4 × 100 m relay team, which set a world record at 39.06 seconds.


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).

Ollan Conn Cassell was an American sprinter in the 1950s and 1960s, winning a gold medal in the men's 4 × 400 m relay at the 1964 Summer Olympics. In his early 30s, Cassell later became the executive director of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). Right now he serves as an adjunct professor for Olympic Sports history at the University of Indianapolis and is the president of the Indiana Olympian Association.

Mike Larrabee American sprinter

Mike Larrabee was an American athlete, winner of two gold medals at the 1964 Summer Olympics.

Ulis Williams athletics competitor

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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. [6] [7] [8]

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 the Giants. In his last year with them he was hampered by a knee injury. [4]

In 1969, he had a try-out with the Detroit Lions but quit their training camp. [9]

Personal life

After he left the NFL he found difficulty in adjusting and finding work. He found new purpose in 1973 when he became a Jehovah's Witness. [1] [4] In the mid-1970s he was described as living a simple life with his family outside Atlanta, Georgia. [10] In later life, Carr became a Jehovah's Witness elder, and was reported to have done contracting work and owned a restaurant. [4] He died of cancer on May 29, 2015 in Griffin, Georgia. [11]

Accolades and awards

Carr was a 1975 Charter inductee in the Arizona State Sun Devils Athletics Hall of Fame. [12] In 1997, he was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame. [13]

World records

Carr set the following world records during his track career: [14]

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

World rankings

Carr was ranked among the best in the US 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 . [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20]

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