Mike Larrabee is famous for his “come from behind” or “even splits” 400 Meters Gold medal from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The Americans swept the medals, and they didn’t repeat that feat until 400 meters in Athens 2004 with Jeremy Wariner, Otis Harris, and Derrick Brew.
Mike Larrabee also won a second Gold in the 4x400m relay in a world record time of 3:00.7.
What we don’t realize about him was he failed to qualify in 1956 & 1960 Olympics. By 1964, at the age of 30, everyone thought he was too old, especially his students where he worked as a teacher.
Until Butch Reynolds, the term “even splits 400 meters” was attributed to Mike Larrabee. You must be a master of the PACE and strong as a horse to run an even split 400 meters.
I’ve been searching my archives for his classic race, and the best I can find was this video from YouTube: