Nearing age 31 at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Pender again made it to the 100 m final, where his explosive start and exceptional acceleration brought him to the lead midway through the race, but he faded slightly and finished sixth.
Melvin Jr. PENDER. Mel Pender made the final of the Olympic 100m in 1964 and 1968 and placed sixth each time, but in 1968 he helped win a gold medal in the relay. In 1972, at the age of 35, he tied the world indoor bests for 50y and 60y and, as a pro in 1973, he again tied the world indoor record for 60y. He achieved all of his track feats while in the US Army.
Melvin Pender didn’t lace up his first pair of running shoes until he was 25 years old, while enlisted in the U.S. Army as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. So when he got the call to compete in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, it was a message he never had thought would come: at the time, Officer Pender was 31 years old and a platoon leader deployed in the jungles of Vietnam.
Oct 29, 2020 · However, five months later he was sent back to the U.S. to train for the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. At the age of 31, Pender travelled to Mexico City for a second chance at Olympic glory. Although he again finished sixth in the 100m, he won gold in 4×100m relay with Charlie Greene, Ronnie Ray and Jim Hines.
Oct 31, 2019 · Mel enjoys sharing how practicing hopefulness is not old-fashioned and why it remains universally relevant. Mel is a natural storyteller. He vividly describes his highest and lowest moments like acts in a stage play. Despite it all, he won a gold medal in the 4 x100m at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games. In 1964, Mel competed for the United ...
Mel was twenty-seven years old in 1964 and thirty-one in 1968. The competition we faced then was beyond world class, and everything he received is very much deserving. I was twenty, I think.
I was 31 years old and the oldest guy on the team. I didn’t run competitively until I was 25 years old, as you know from reading my book, and to make two Olympic teams after being pulled out of Army service in Vietnam both times, didn’t give me much time to get ready for both teams and to compete. GCR: