Benny Brown

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Benny Brown
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1953-09-27)September 27, 1953
San Francisco, California
Died February 1, 1996(1996-02-01) (aged 42)
Ontario, California
Residence Ontario, California
Sport Running
College team UCLA

Benny Brown (Benjamin Gene Brown; born September 27, 1953 San Francisco, California – February 1, 1996 Ontario, California) was an Olympic gold-medal winner in the 1976 4x400 Men's Relay running the second leg. He teamed with Herman Frazier, Fred Newhouse and Maxie Parks.[1]

Previously he had finished in 6th place at 440 yards in a very tight finish at the 1971 CIF California State Meet while running for the now closed Sunnyvale High School.[2] Next he attended UCLA, winning the 1975 NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship at 440 yards,[3] before finishing fourth in the United States Olympic Trials (track and field) which qualified him to run on the relay team.[4]

He died in an automobile accident at the age of 42. He had continued to be an active participant in the U. S. Corporate Games while working for Hughes Aircraft Company.[5]

He was a part-time coach for Cal State Fullerton's track team.[6] Cal State Fullerton hosts the Ben Brown Invitational track and field meet every year in early March. It is the best track and field meet in southern California in March.[7][8][9]