Henry Carr

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Henry Carr
Date of birth: (1942-11-27) November 27, 1942 (age 72)
Place of birth: Montgomery, Alabama
Date of death: May 30, 2015(2015-05-30)
Career information
Position(s): Safety
College: Arizona State
NFL Draft: 1965 / Round: 4 / Pick: 43
As player:
1965–1967 New York Giants
Career stats
Playing stats at NFL.com
Olympic medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for the  United States
Gold medal – first place 1964 Tokyo 200 m
Gold medal – first place 1964 Tokyo 4x400 m relay

Henry Carr, born November 27, 1942 in Montgomery, Alabama, is a former American track and field athlete who won two gold medals at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Early life[edit]

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.[1]

Track and Field News ranked Carr Number-One in the World at 200 meters, in 1963 and 1964 (see below).


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.[2][3][4]

Professional Football Career[edit]

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 1969, he had a try-out with the Detroit Lions but quit their training camp.[5]

Personal Life[edit]

Carr left the NFL once he became one of Jehovah's Witnesses, a preacher of God's Kingdom ruled by Christ Jesus.

In the mid-1970s he was described as living a simple life outside Atlanta, Georgia in the United States with a family.[6]

Henry Carr died, Friday May 30, 2015 in Griffin Georgia.

World Records[edit]

Carr achieved the following world records during his track career:[7]

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

Track and Field Rankings[edit]

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.[8][9][10][11][12][13]

Accolades and awards[edit]

Carr was a 1975 Charter inductee in the Arizona State Sun Devils Athletics Hall of Fame.[14]

In 1997, Carr was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame.[15]


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