In the 110-meter hurdles, another Olympic event, Lee Calhoun, at 27 one of the older U.S. track stars, did 13.6 at Albuquerque. Calhoun, Hayes Jones, and Chuck Cobb, the big, ex-Stanford hurdler, all look better than any collegian.
Indeed, in view of the preponderance of mature talent, it is likely that this will be one of the oldest Olympic teams ever to represent the U.S. Harold Connolly, the hammer champion, is 29; Phil Coleman, one of the favorites in the steeplechase, is 29; Al Oerter, probably the best of the U.S. discus throwers, is 23; Al Cantello, the world record holder in the javelin, is 28. Don Bragg, the pole vaulter, is 25, and so is Bob Gutowski. Jim Beatty, U.S. record holder in the mile and our fastest in the 5,000 meters, is 25. And, of course, there's the senior citizen of the shot, Parry O'Brien, a ripe old 28.