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|Birth name||Richard Aldrich Babka|
September 23, 1936 |
|Height||6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m)|
|Weight||267 pounds (121 kg)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|College team||Menlo College
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||63.93 metres (209 ft 9 in)|
Richard "Rink" Aldrich Babka (born September 23, 1936) is a retired American discus thrower. A former world record holder, Babka also won a silver medal in the discus event at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.
He starred in football, basketball, baseball in addition to track and field at Palo Alto High School before graduating in 1954. He subsequently attended nearby Menlo College and the University of Southern California (USC). Knee injuries eventually obliged him to withdraw from USC's football and basketball teams, but as a discus thrower he continued to climb toward the top of the world rankings.
Babka continued to compete as a discus thrower until 1969, when he retired to devote himself to various business pursuits. He currently resides in California.
|Men's Discus World Record Holder
August 12, 1960 – August 11, 1961
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