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Benny Brown (Benjamin Gene Brown; born September 27, 1953 San Francisco, California – February 1, 1996 Ontario, California) was an Olympic gold-medal winner in the 1976 4x400 Men's Relay running the second leg. He teamed with Herman Frazier, Fred Newhouse and Maxie Parks.[1]

Benny Brown
Personal information
NationalityAmerican
Born(1953-09-27)September 27, 1953
San Francisco, California
DiedFebruary 1, 1996(1996-02-01) (aged 42)
Ontario, California
ResidenceOntario, California
Sport
SportRunning
College teamUCLA

Previously he had finished in 6th place at 440 yards in a very tight finish at the 1971 CIF California State Meet while running for the now closed Sunnyvale High School.[2] Next he attended UCLA, winning the 1975 NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship at 440 yards,[3] before finishing fourth in the United States Olympic Trials (track and field) which qualified him to run on the relay team.[4]

He died in an automobile accident at the age of 42. He had continued to be an active participant in the U. S. Corporate Games while working for Hughes Aircraft Company.[5]

He was a part-time coach for Cal State Fullerton's track team.[6] Cal State Fullerton hosts the Ben Brown Invitational track and field meet every year in early March. It is the best track and field meet in southern California in March.[7][8][9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/br/benny-brown-1.html
  2. ^ "California State Meet Results - 1915 to present". Hank Lawson. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
  3. ^ http://web1.ncaa.org/web_files/stats/track_outdoor_champs_records/2006/MD1.pdf
  4. ^ http://www.usatf.org/statistics/champions/OlympicTrials/HistoryOfTheOlympicTrials.pdf
  5. ^ http://www.uscaa.org/index.cfm?b=/hof/hofForm.cfm?hof%5FpersonID%3D5970
  6. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1989-05-10/sports/sp-3043_1_cal-state-fullerton-notebook-track-program-fullerton-runner
  7. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/csfu/sports/c-track/auto_pdf/benbrowninfo.pdf
  8. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/csfu/sports/c-track/auto_pdf/completeresults.pdf
  9. ^ http://www.flashwest.com/11Meets/11brown