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Monday, November 28, 2005

Track & Field Legend Harold Connolly '53 to be Honored

A statue of National Track & Field Hall of Famer and Olympic gold medalist Harold Connolly '53 will be installed next month at his hometown highschool in Brighton, MA, reports runnersweb.com.

Connolly won the gold medal for the United States in the hammer throw at the 1956 Olympics and represented the U.S. in three subsequent Olympic Games.

According to one bio, Connolly's left arm was slightly withered at birth and he broke it several times playing football and wrestling, so he took up the hammer throw as a student at Boston College to strengthen it.

Considered one of the greatest hammer throwers ever, Connolly broke the world record seven times and won 12 national titles.

Connoly was inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1984. After retiring from the game, Connolly became a manager of Special Olympics International, and started hammerthrow.org to promote the sport.
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