Watch One of The Greatest Race Ever Run

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One of the greatest race ever run – Dave Wottle 1972 Olympic 800m Final Race Video

Dave Wottle’s victory – frequently listed among the greatest races ever run. He came from the last place at the end of the first lap around the track to win gold.

He won the Gold Medal in the 1972 Olympic 800 meter run in Munich, Germany by 0.03 seconds in a time of 1:45.9. He set the World Record for 800 meters of 1:44.3 at the 1972 AAU Championships. He raced his personal best mile of 3:53.3 in 1973 to beat Steve Prefontaine at the Hayward Field Restoration Meet. In 1974 Dave joined professional International Track Association and competed briefly before retiring.


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