"There's no place I've been treated better or treated worse than in the United States," Adhemar says. "I remember one time in Modesto where after the meet we sang and danced all night, ending up with a real fun breakfast at 7 a.m., ham and eggs American-style."
But on an AAU invitational trip this year, Adhemar competed at the Texas Relays in Austin and felt for the first time in his life the grating strain of segregation. "Everybody was as nice as could be and I had no trouble," says Adhemar, "except I just had to stay away from where white people went. I felt pretty bad. I'm never again going any place where I have to worry about color."
Brightening, he adds, "But I had a wonderful time out West. California isn't Dixie. I met old friends from my last trip, back in 1955. At Fresno State I presented the student awards and I got a picture from Ann Blyth, the 'campus queen of the battling Bulldogs.' She inscribed it: 'To my wonderful Brazilian friend. P.S. Please come back next year.' That was real nice."
At Fresno, Adhemar casually set a new U.S. hop, step and jump record: 52 feet 4 inches, which was later broken by Alvis Andrews with a 52-feet 5�-inch leap at Modesto. Adhemar was pleased and almost paternal about Andrews' record. "Alvis and I talked and jumped and worked out together for weeks during my trip," he says. "That's what I went up there for, to work with Americans. You got some good boys."
After a muscle injury in Sweden last year, Adhemar took hydrocortisone injections and a two-month layoff. Starting again, he hit respectively 51 feet 1 inch, 51 feet 11? inches, 53 feet 3� inches on his first three tries. After breaking the U.S. record, and winning other California meets in May, he flew back for the ABC meet ( Argentina, Brazil and Chile) in S�o Paulo, dashed from the plane to the track and won easily.
After that he put in a rugged month of college exams ("Friends took notes for me while I was gone") and a physical education advanced course from a group of European instructors. He passed both tests in a breeze. As an official guest he's flying to Italy in October to inspect Rome's arrangements for the 1960 Olympics. And, of course, he flew to Chicago for the Pan American games. "I'm going to bring back some nylon clothes for the kids and a few souvenirs," he says. "And, I hope, a medal for Elza."