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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
All-American performance in Rome
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Sept. 2, 1960

Americans strike gold in Rome, both on the track and in the pool. Wilma Rudolph wins the 100-meter dash by three yards as she blazes across the finish line in 11 seconds flat. It's announced that Rudolph has set a world record. Later in the day, it's stated officially that her mark would not be recognized because the wind was 2.752 meters per second, exceeding the allowed maximum of two meters.

In the long jump, Ralph Boston wins the gold medal with an Olympic record jump of 26 feet, 7&+190; inches, breaking the oldest Olympic mark in the books, set 24 years ago by Jesse Owens. Also setting an Olympic record is 400-meter hurdler Glenn Davis, who retains his title with a run of 49.3 seconds, breaking his own mark.

In the pool, Mike Troy wins the 200-meter butterfly and lowers his world record to 2:12.8, Bob Webster takes the platform dive with 165.56 points and the U.S. women win the 4x100-meter medley in 4:41.1, breaking the world record by 3&+189; seconds.

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