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Larry Young

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Inducted: 2002, athlete

Born: February 10, 1943 - ,

50 km race walk - 4:00:46
100 mi. race walk - 18:07:12

One of the most successful athletes in U.S. race walking history, Larry Young was the last American walker to win an Olympic medal, taking third in 50 km. walk at both the 1968 and 1972 Games. The winner of 30 national titles, Young won eight U.S. crowns at 50 km. and never lost a championship race at that distance. In 1972, he won eight national titles at various distances from two miles to 100 miles. He was also the 1967 and 1971 Pan American Games champion at 50 km and represented the U.S. in international competition eight times. Young held American records for both the 50 km. and 100-mile racewalk. A full-time artist since the 1970s, Young has placed over 50 monumental outdoor sculptures both in the U.S. and internationally. He owns and operates Larry Young Sculpture, a 6,000-suare-foot foundry in Columbia, Mo., where he personally creates and produces most of his work.

1968 Olympics: 50 km race walk (3rd)
1972 Olympics: 50 km race walk (3rd)
1967 Pan-Am Games: 50 km race walk (1st)
1971 Pan-Am Games: 50 km race walk (1st)

undergraduate: Columbia College (Columbia, Missouri), 1976


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