Lawrence James
G. Larry James dies at 61; runner won gold, silver medals at 1968 Olympics

G. Larry James, a middle-distance runner known as "The Mighty Burner" who employed his streaky speed to win gold and silver medals in track at the 1968 Summer Olympics, died of colon cancer at his home in Smithville, N.J., on Thursday, his 61st birthday. His death was announced by the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, where he spent 28 years as athletic director. James won his gold medal in Mexico City by teaming with Vince Matthews, Ron Freeman and Lee Evans in the U.S. 4-by-400-meter relay. He also won a silver medal in the 400-meter individual race. James was a sophomore at Villanova University outside Philadelphia when he qualified for the U.S. Olympic team in 1968,...