Marty Krulee

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Marty Krulee at the 2010 USATF Masters Championships

Marty Krulee (born November 4, 1956), is an American "World Class"[1] Track and Field athlete, primarily known for running sprint races. While never achieving outstanding results, he is best known for an extended career in International competition.[2] While the 100 metres was his primary outdoor event, decades after his elite career he still ranks on the world list at 200 metres.[3] Krulee ran extensively in Europe during the annual track circuit, achieving the Swedish national championship in the 100 metres three years in a row, when he was already in his 30's. He also won the 200 metres[4] and indoor 60 metres twice each.[5]

Krulee was born in Framingham, Massachusetts, but was brought up in San Jose, California, where he attended Branham High School[6] and West Valley College[7] in Saratoga, California. As a young athlete, he was constantly overshadowed by another contemporary area athlete, Millard Hampton who went on to win a Silver Medal in the 200 metres and Gold Medal in the 4x100 metre relay in the 1976 Summer Olympics. He barely made the varsity team as a sprinter his senior year of high school. But he persevered, attending San Diego State University and competing with the track team as a walk-on. At that level, he was again overshadowed by future World Number One sprinter Clancy Edwards who competed for the nearby University of Southern California. Still his times were respectable enough to continue running. He managed to make the semi-finals in the 1978 NCAA Championships and the ill-fated 1980 United States Olympic Trials (track and field) against some of the top sprinters in the world.[8] But that was the point, he had already experienced the best in the world. As frequently the only white American sprinter in a field, Krulee felt he "stood out like a sore thumb."[9] In Europe, he found he could hold his own against the top International sprinters.[10][11][12][13][14][15]

He split his time between the United States and living in Europe eventually applying for both Finnish[16] and Swedish citizenship[17] in order to have a chance to run in the Olympics and European Championships where he would face less competition from other American sprinters (because a single country is only allowed three entrants).

Other than for nagging injuries, he's never stopped running. He's won multiple United States[18] and World Masters Athletics Championships[19] and is still one of the top sprinters in his age group.[20]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "LA Times March 31, 1986". Articles.latimes.com. March 31, 1986. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  3. ^ "World 200 metre all time list". Apulanta.fi. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Swedish National Champions". Gbrathletics.com. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Swedish Indoor National Champions". Gbrathletics.com. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Alumni Class". Alumni Class. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ "West Valley College Top Ten". Westvalley.edu. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Masterstrack interview". Masterstrack.com. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  9. ^ Jet Magazine September 28, 1978. Google Books. September 28, 1978. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  10. ^ European All Time list[dead link]
  11. ^ "NY Times May 14, 1988". The New York Times. May 14, 1988. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  12. ^ "The Tuscaloosa News – Jan 23, 1984". Google. January 23, 1984. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  13. ^ "The Evening Independent – Jul 5, 1984". Google. July 5, 1984. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Houston Chronicle February 12, 1988". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  15. ^ Edited by Craig Neff (May 23, 1988). "Sports Illustrated May 23, 1988". Images.si.com. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  16. ^ "The Afro American – Aug 27, 1983". Google. August 27, 1983. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Ellensburg Daily Record August 4, 1989". Google. August 4, 1989. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  18. ^ "USATF Press Release July 26, 2005". Usatf.org. July 26, 2005. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  19. ^ "PNW Local News". PNW Local News. July 17, 2009. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Masters Rankings". Masters Rankings. Retrieved October 21, 2011.