1928 Olympics in Amsterdam. The track and Field 400 Meter Race.
United States star athlete, Ray Barbuti won Olympic gold for the United States.
Wins a Gold Medal For the U.S.A.
Track and Field
400 Meter Race - Amsterdam, Holland
Friday, August 3, 1928
The Rain storm didn't prevent
Raymond Barbuti of Syracuse, New York ...
To place 1st for the U.S.A. and win the
ONLY Olympic Gold Medal
in a single track and field event at the IX Olympiad
EVENT: 400 Meter Race -- TIME: 47.8 Seconds
Excerpts from the book:
"The Story of the Olympic Games - 776 B.C. to 1936 A.D." by
John Kieran" described how Raymond Barbuti won the "only
single" Track & Field Gold Medal in the IX Olympics:
"RAYMOND BARBUTI, the stocky, black-haired,
heavy-legged runner from Syracuse,
an all around athlete and star football player, saved the United
States team from the humiliation of a shutout on the track by a
stirring triumph in the 400-metre final.
..."As he (Barbuti) pounded down the
track toward the tape, he knew
someone was coming up on the outside and coming fast. It was (James)
"Ball" of Canada and we was full of running. Barbuti was plunging
along in sheer determination and desperation. Agony was written on
his twisted countenance, but he could see the tape ahead and, as he
said later, he would 'make it or bust.' In a last effort to
stave off defeat he threw himself over the finish line just as Ball
seemed to draw even with him. Barbuti pitched the cinder path on his
face, completely used up.
"The finish was so close that even the nearby
spectators couldn't tell who
had won. A hush, and then came the decision. Barbuti by
inches! And thus the United States, except for the relays, won its
single track event at Amsterdam."
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