IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY- OCTOBER 15, 1968- AT THE OLYMPICS- AL OERTER WINS 4TH CONSECUTIVE GOLD IN THE DISCUS

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It was fifty years ago today- October 15, 1968 at the Mexico City Olympic Games- Al Oerter of the US won his fourth consecutive gold medal in the discus. Oerter began his incredible string at the 1956 Melbourne Games at the age of 20. He was now 32 and like most of the times before going into the Olympic discus competition he was an underdog who rose up and beat the competition one more time. In 1968 he was overlooked because he was getting older and fellow American Jay Silvester was considered the man to beat. On his 3rd throw Oerter set a new Olympic Record at 212.5 feet which would be good enough to win the Gold Medal and Oerter became the first track and field athlete to win gold in four consecutive Olympic Games.

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