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US National Track & Field Hall of Fame Unveils New Inductees


Olympic champions Dan O'Brien, Kevin Young and Rex Cawley are among eight people who will be inducted into the U.S. National Track and Field Hall of Fame in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The group to be enshrined on December 2 was unveiled Tuesday. U.S. athletic greats Lynn Jennings, Ben Eastman, Bill Nieder and Matt McGrath along with former USA Track and Field executive director Ollan Cassell will also be honored.

O'Brien set a world decathlon record and won 1996 Olympic gold in addition to three world titles in the 10-discipline event. Young won the men's 400-meter hurdles gold at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in 46.78 seconds, a mark that remains the world record. Cawley set a 400-meter hurdles record in 1964 and won Tokyo Olympic gold the same year.

Jennings took bronze at the 10,000 meter distance in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and won three consecutive World Cross Country championships starting in 1990. Eastman, who competed in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics and died in 2002, held the 400-meter world record 14 different times and is one of only three Americans to own the 400 and 800-meter world record.

McGrath competed in four Olympics, taking a gold medal in the hammer throw at the 1912 Stockholm Games and silver in 1908 and 1924. He died in 1941. Nieder won 1960 Rome Olympic shot put gold four years after claiming silver in Melbourne. He also set three world records. Cassell guided USA Track and Field for 18 years until 1997.

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