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HBCU Flashback: Tennessee State Athletes Rack Up At 1960 Olympics

Tennessee State has a long history of athletic excellence, especially in basketball and football. But the Tigers also have a stellar history in track-and-field. Back in 1960, Tennessee State (then Tennessee A&I) athletes left a big mark on the sport, sending eight student-athletes and coming home with seven gold medals from Rome.

Headlining the group was legendary sprinter Wilma Rudolph. Rudolph won the 100 and 200-meter dashes, and anchored the USA’s 4 x 400 relay team.

Rudolph may have been the most famous name to come from that group, but she wasn’t the only standout. Ralph Boston, the lone male member of the group, set a new World Record in the Broad Jump.

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