Butler County Times Gazette
  • Olympic sprinter to speak to Rotary

  • Thane Baker, Kansas State University track star and two-time Olympic sprinter, will present the El Dorado Rotary Club program at noon Wednesday at the Butler Community College Hubbard Welcome Center.
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  • Thane Baker, Kansas State University track star and two-time Olympic sprinter, will present the El Dorado Rotary Club program at noon Wednesday at the Butler Community College Hubbard Welcome Center.
    Baker, a native of Elkhart, Kan., competed in the 200 meter dash in the Helsinki, Finland Olympics in 1952 and took the silver medal. In 1956 he competed in the Melbourne, Australia Olympics in the 100 meter where he won the silver, 200 meter where he won bronze and was a member of the 4x100 relay team which won gold by setting a new world record.
    At K-State, Baker won the NCAAA championship in the 220 yards and in 1956 he won the AAU championships in the 200 meter race. He also won numerous conference titles at K-State and was a four-time All American.
    After turning 40, Baker participated in the Masters Track and Field Program and held numerous world records in the 100 yard, 100 meter, 220 yard, 200 meter and several relays in the age group categories of 40-44, 45-49 and 50-54.
    He is married to Sally (Doyle) baker from the Douglass area and they reside in the Dallas, Texas, area. Both are graduates of KSU.

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