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SPORTSMAN OF 1956
Paul O'Neil
January 07, 1957
In Sports Illustrated's third annual citation Bobby Morrow of Texas wins the Sportsman of the Year award for 1956 for distilling long training and unusual character into 41 seconds of blazing excellence at Melbourne's Olympic Games
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January 07, 1957

Sportsman Of 1956

In Sports Illustrated's third annual citation Bobby Morrow of Texas wins the Sportsman of the Year award for 1956 for distilling long training and unusual character into 41 seconds of blazing excellence at Melbourne's Olympic Games

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In talking thus of the future, Bobby Morrow was explaining a good deal about his immediate past, about many of his colleagues in amateur sport, and about the impact of the Olympic Games upon the world. He ran for but 41 seconds in winning his three gold medals, but to prepare himself he had hoped, and planned, and toiled for years. The amateur's only reward—and his gift to the world—is simply the knowledge of excellence. Bobby Morrow is one of the rare ones who achieved—and gave—a little more: a distillation of excellence, in his case as pure and heady an essence as the Olympic Games have ever known.

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