Named: The USATF HOF class of ’21
See the following feature for more on this year’s 5 members: Scott Davis, Maxey Long, Mike Marsh, Kathy McMillan & Terrence Trammell.
Died: Leonid Bartenyev, 88
On November 17. Silver medalist for the Soviet Union in the 4×1 at the ’56 and ’60 Olympics, he World Ranked No. 7 in the 200 in ’57.
Died: Luíz Antônio dos Santos, 57
On November 06, in Taubate, Brazil, of a heart attack. The Brazilian marathoner won the bronze in the ’95 World Championships and finished 10th in the ’96 Olympics.
Died: Bill Dotson, 80
On June 16, of cancer. The Kansas star took 2nd in the ’61 NCAA mile after placing 5th the year before. In ’62 he Ranked No. 5 among Americans; that was the season he became the seventh American to break 4:00.
Died: Armin Lemme, 65
On August 01, in Berlin. The ’81 World Cup discus champion for East Germany, he was a 2-time World Ranker, with No. 5s in ’81 & ’82.
Died: Dorothy Manley, 94
On October 31, in Ilford, England. Her silver in the ’48 Olympic 100 was the first sprint medal ever won by a British woman. She ran on the ’51 England 4 x 220 that set a World Record.
Died: Igor Nikulin, 61
On November 07, in St. Petersburg, Russia. The ’92 Olympic bronze medalist in the hammer, he was a 12-time World Ranker, 4 times a No. 2.
Died: Alex Quiñónez, 32
On October 23, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, shot in a possible robbery. The bronze medalist in the ’19 WC 200, Quiñónez missed Tokyo while he served a whereabouts suspension. He was a 2-time World Ranker and South American Record holder at 19.87.
Died: Al Thompson, 89
On October 06, in New York City. The Columbia thrower placed 7th in both the shot and discus at the ’54 NCAA. He still holds the school record in the shot. He was the first black athlete to win 3 or more Ivy League individual titles. ◻︎