Grover Klemmer

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Grover Klemmer, Jr. (born March 16, 1921) is a retired American athlete. While running for the University of California, he lettered in American football, basketball and track and field.[1] He was called the "golden boy" for the Golden Bears.[2] In 1941, he set the world record for the 400 metres, running 46.0 around a single turn[3] at the University of Pennsylvania Franklin Field on June 29, 1941.[4] Two weeks earlier, he anchored the Bears mile relay team to a world record in 3:09.4, edging out the University of Southern California team anchored by Hubie Kerns (who also was second in Philadelphia)[5] by reportedly 4 inches (10 cm). Five minutes later, he was informed of the death of his father, Grover Klemmer, Sr. earlier that day.[2]

Klemmer was the USA National Champion at 440 yards in 1940 at age 19 and again in 1941, representing the San Francisco Olympic Club.[6]


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  3. ^ "Stock Footage - Track and Field events at Franklin Field in Philadelphia". Retrieved 2015-03-15. 
  4. ^ "Track and Field Statistics". Retrieved 2015-03-15. 
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