William Arthur “Bill” Carr 1929

1932 Olympics, USA Track & Field
Bill Carr was the second Mercersburg track athlete to win two gold medals at the Olympics, racing to the top of the podium in one of the most noted 400 meter races in Olympic history and anchoring the triumphant 4 x 400 meter relay team at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.

Carr, competing for the University of Pennsylvania, started his run to gold when he defeated world record holder Ben Eastman in the 400 meter run in the finals of the IC4A (Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America) championships. Eastman led for most of the Olympic 400 meter final, but, with less than 100 meters to go, Carr pulled even, then passed Eastman, sprinting to victory in 46.2 seconds, a new world record. Carr added to his legendary performance with a strong fourth leg on the 4x400 meter relay team that set a new world record in a time of 3:08.2. Carr, a member of the U.S. Track Hall of Fame, was never beaten in a one-lap distance.
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