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THE ARMED FORCES MAKE THEIR BID
Roy Terrell
June 25, 1956
While the collegians were pulling muscles and setting records at Berkeley, 340 miles to the south in the Los Angeles Coliseum the Armed Forces were busy staging their own track and field championship. One world and 12 meet records were demolished as three contestants in each of 17 events qualified for the Olympic tryouts. In addition to the Air Force's Parry O'Brien, who set a new world mark with a 61-foot 4-inch put of the shot, and the Army's Lou Jones whose 400-meter victory in 45.7 equaled the best time ever posted in the U.S., expert opinion agreed that the following athletes stood the best chance of carrying the colors of Uncle Sam's armed forces on to Melbourne: Jim Lea (Air Force), Lon Spurrier (Air Force) and Tom Courtney (Army) in the middle distances; Jack Davis (Navy) and Milt Campbell (Navy) in the high hurdles, Josh Culbreath (Marines) and Bob Rittenburg (Army) in the 400-meter hurdles, Sprinters Thane Baker (Air Force) and Ira Murchison (Army), Broad-jumper John Bennett (Army), and Javelin-thrower Al Cantello (Marines).
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June 25, 1956

The Armed Forces Make Their Bid

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While the collegians were pulling muscles and setting records at Berkeley, 340 miles to the south in the Los Angeles Coliseum the Armed Forces were busy staging their own track and field championship. One world and 12 meet records were demolished as three contestants in each of 17 events qualified for the Olympic tryouts. In addition to the Air Force's Parry O'Brien, who set a new world mark with a 61-foot 4-inch put of the shot, and the Army's Lou Jones whose 400-meter victory in 45.7 equaled the best time ever posted in the U.S., expert opinion agreed that the following athletes stood the best chance of carrying the colors of Uncle Sam's armed forces on to Melbourne: Jim Lea (Air Force), Lon Spurrier (Air Force) and Tom Courtney (Army) in the middle distances; Jack Davis (Navy) and Milt Campbell (Navy) in the high hurdles, Josh Culbreath ( Marines) and Bob Rittenburg (Army) in the 400-meter hurdles, Sprinters Thane Baker (Air Force) and Ira Murchison (Army), Broad-jumper John Bennett (Army), and Javelin-thrower Al Cantello ( Marines).

Track enthusiasts checked the results and looked forward eagerly to the head-on clashes in this weekend's National AAU championships between Jones, Lea and NCAA Champ J. W. Mashburn in the 400 meters, Courtney and new U.S. Record-holder Arnie Sowell at 800 meters.

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