Former Olympic sprint champion Morrow dies aged 84

Bobby Joe Morrow, a triple sprint gold medalist at the 1956 Olympic Games, has died at the age of 84, according to World Athletics.

Morrow won gold in the 100 and 200 meters and anchored the U.S. to victory in the 4x100m relay at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, in which they set a world record. He is one of four men to win these three events at a single Games, alongside Jesse Owens at Berlin in 1936, Carl Lewis at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, and Usain Bolt, who achieved the feat in 2012 and 2016.

"World Athletics is deeply saddened to hear that Bobby Morrow, winner of three gold medals for the USA at the 1956 Olympic Games, died on Saturday at the age of 84," said a statement from the global governing body.

He was named Sports Illustrated's "Sportsman of the Year" in 1956 and set 11 ratified world records during his career.

U.S. media reported that Morrow died of natural causes at his home in San Benito, Texas.

(With input from agencies)

(Cover image: Bobby Morrow of the U.S. (L) won the men's 100 meters during the 1956 Melbourne Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. /VCG)