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Davis , Otis
Otis Crandal Davis was born July 12, 1932 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. During the 1950s he enrolled at the University of Oregon to play basketball, but gave it up to begin running track for the first time at the age of 26. In 1959, he was the Pacific Coast Conference champion in the 220-yard sprint and the 440-yard champion for the University of Oregon with a time of 46.4 seconds and was the then school record at 46.2 seconds. In 1960, he won the Olympic 400-meters in the world record time of 44.9 seconds and anchored the Olympic 1600-meter relay team to the gold medal and world record time. He was the first man to break the 45 second barrier in the 400-meters, and in 1961 he was the USA Outdoor 400-meter champion. He set the long standing school record for 400-meters at 45.07 and has been inducted into the University of Oregon Athletic Hall of Fame, State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, National Track & Field Hall of Fame and is a member of the New Jersey Sports Writers' Hall of Fame.