Morrow won three Olympic gold medals at the Melbourne Games in 1956 after a triumph in the 100 meters, 200 meters and a relay 4 in the 100 meters.
He is among the four who can boast of the “hat trick” in question, as well as the legends Jesse Owens, Carl Lewis and Usain Bolt. Morrow is the only white in this epoch-making quartet.
Subsequently, due to his merits in sports, he became the cover of Life and Sport magazines. In 1956 he was named Athlete of the Year by the prestigious Sports Illustrated.
He was born on October 15, 1935 in Harlingen and was raised in San Benito, California. Before becoming a sprinter, Morrow played for the American football team at a local school. In 2006, the school named its football stadium after him.
At the age of 20, Morrow won the 100 and 200 meters of the National College Athletics Association and it became clear that he would be one of the favorites for a medal at the Olympics.
He fights a virus just days before the Games, which causes him to lose 5 pounds of weight, but that doesn’t stop him. After winning gold in the 100 meters, he equaled the world record in the 200 meters, covering the distance in 20.6 seconds.
Together with their teammates they break the world record in the relay 4 by 100 meters, as their time is 39.5 seconds. With it, they improved the pinnacle of the relay led by Jesse Owens 20 years earlier.