“Only” Three ISTAF Records by Americans

The weather did not exactly look kindly upon ISTAF in post-Olympic year. In peak summer temperatures of 37 degrees Centigrade in the shade, only 9,000 spectators found their way to the Olympic Stadium. Most Berliners preferred to visit a swimming pool on June 30 rather than attend ISTAF. The meeting record performances came from an American trio: Leamon King, already co-holder of the world record for 100m, ran 10.4 for the distance, Willie Stevens clocked 14.2 for the 110m hurdles and Richard “Rink” Babka  threw 51.62m to win the discus. He would win the silver medal in the 1960 Olympics in Rome.

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