Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nine days until the Penn Relays

 Ron Delany 

Editor's note: For the ten days leading up to the Penn Relays, I will do a countdown of great Villanova athletes with the number of Penn Relays titles corresponding with the day. 

Four different Villanova athletes won nine Penn Relays champions. All of them were Olympians, all of them finished a season number one in the world rankings, two of them were Irish, one of them a world champion, and one an Olympic champion. For the purposes of this, I will pick Ron Delany, Villanova's second Olympic champion, winning his 1500m gold medal only two days after Charlie Jenkins won Villanova's first gold medal in the 400m dash. Delany's career at the Penn Relays was significant, because he won watches in both sprint and distance relays, running the third leg on three champion mile relays, and anchoring three victorious distance medley and sprint medley relays a piece, demonstrating his considerable range.

Now 79 years old, Delany remains one of Ireland's most recognizable sportsmen.

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