The men and women of track and field who come to the Olympics from more than 50 countries are already rich in the coin of amateurism, the winner's medal. They are now at Melbourne in quest of the greatest of these honors, the Olympic gold medal shown above. Many of the leading claimants pictured on the following pages are newcomers with strong chances, but there are also veterans—Discus Thrower Fortune Gordien, and Vaulter Bob Richards—back for their second or third quest. They have all spent years preparing and are deserving, but to earn the gold medal now each must win one crucial contest on the field at Melbourne.
LOU JONES OF THE U.S.
Holder of the world record of 45.2 seconds, he should win Olympic 400-meter dash over Russia's Ardalion Ignatiev and U.S. Teammates Jim Lea and Charley Jenkins.
TOM COURTNEY OF THE U.S.
With Belgium's record holder Roger Moens beset by leg injuries, Courtney now enters the 800 meters at slight favorite over longtime collegiate rival, Arnold Sowell.
BOBBY MORROW OF THE U.S.
A possible double winner in the 100-and 200-meter sprints, he will be hard pressed by his U.S. teammates and another old competitor, Mike Agostini of Trinidad.
JOHN LANDY OF AUSTRALIA
It is only two years since he dueled Bannister and set the mile mark at 3:58, but now if he should enter the 1,500- and 5,000-meter runs, he will have to beat eight other four-minute men.
VLADIMIR KUTS OF RUSSIA
Overshadowed by Hungary's distance men last year, this fall he lowered the 10,000-meter record to 28:30.4 to emerge as the man to beat in this event and a threat in the 5,000 meters as well.
GORDON PIRIE OF GREAT BRITAIN
Record holder and first-ranked runner in the world at 5,000 meters, this dogged Briton at Melbourne will have to beat the strongest field ever assembled for any major distance race over a mile.
THE GREAT RUNNERS FROM HUNGARY
In two years S�ndor Iharos (left), L�szl� T�bori and Istv�n R�zsav�lgyi have broken 10 world distance records. At the Games, R�zsav�lgyi will run only the 1,500 meters, at which he holds the record (3:40.6). T�bori will also run 5,000 meters. Iharos' chances have been dashed by foot injury during Hungarian crisis.
GLENN DAVIS OF THE U.S.
Russians dominated the 400-meter hurdles from 1952 until this year, when Davis, in his first full season at the event, solidly smashed the world record by winning U.S. trials in 49.5 seconds.
JACK DAVIS OF THE U.S.
Runner-up in the high hurdles at Helsinki, this June he set a new world mark of 13.4 seconds. At Melbourne, Davis and Teammate Lee Calhoun should finish in near dead heat for first place.