TOM COURTNEY - TYPESCRIPT SIGNED - HFSID 202909
Sale Price $198.00
Two-page excerpt from The Complete Book of the Olympics on Courtney's dramatic come-behind win in the men's 800-meters at the 1956 Summer Olympics. Courtney has signed this excerpt with a capital "T" as a running man wearing a cap and with speed lines behind him.
Typescript signed "Tom Courtney" in blue ink. 2 pages, 8½x10¾, one-sided. Titled: "* Olympics * /1956 Melbourne, Australia/November 22 Through December 8/* Thomas Courtney*/Men's 800 Meters/* Gold Medal */Time: 1:47.7". This is a two-page excerpt from David Wallenchinsky's The Complete Book of the Olympics and details Courtney's come-behind win after losing the lead to Great Britain's Derek Johnson late in the race. In part: "Ignoring the pain throughout his body, Courtney fashioned up one last sprint out of nothing but determination. Step by step he gained on Johnson and lunged across the finish line. In a delirium, he turned to Johnson and asked who had won. 'Why, you did, Tom,' came the reply. 'It was a new kind of agony for me,' Courtney recalled. 'I had never run myself into such a state. My head was exploding, my stomach ripping and even the tips of my fingers ached. The only thing I could think was 'If I live, I will never run again!'" Courtney, born Thomas William Courtney in Newark, New Jersey in1933, is an record-breaking American runner and two-time Olympic gold medal winner. Courtney first gained fame for winning the 1955 NCAA 880-yard title. He was selected for the 1956 Summer Olympics, where he took gold in the 800-meter and an anchorman on the 4x400 meter relay. Of these, his 800-meter is probably the most famous because of the dramatic duel he fought with Great Britain's Derek Johnson in the finals to win it. Courtney took the lead early, but Johnson it away with 40 meters left in the race. Courtney summoned up a last burst of speed to win the race by 0.13 seconds. Courtney collapsed with exhaustion at the end of the race, and the medal ceremony had to be postponed an hour so that he could recover sufficiently to participate in it. Less than a year later, he set a world record for the 880-yard run with a time of 1:46.8 on May 24, 1957. Lightly toned and creased. Staple holes in upper left corner. Otherwise in fine condition.
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