Everyone remembers Valeri Borzov winning the gold in 1972 Olympics in Munich.
And every American remembers the scheduling mix-up that prevented the top 2 Americans, Eddie Hart and Ray Robinson, from running the Quarter-finals.
The 3rd “unknown” American Robert Taylor did manage to run that QF, and went on to win a silver medal in a time of 10.24 (Borzov won in 10.14). I’ve often wondered how little he warmed up? A few push-ups and quick hamstring stretch?
Taylor did win the a Gold medal in the 4x100m relay, beating the USSR. That team comprised of Larry Black, Taylor, Gerald Tinker, and Hart.
More info can be found on USA Today. UPDATE: Thanks to Ken Stone for providing this link from DallasNews.com.