Coached by Dean Cromwell of USC – who came up with the flying finish…

flying finishes coliseum Frank Wycoff right and Charley Paddock center 1931 fastest humans

Charley Paddock (center) and Frank Wykoff (far right) cross the finish line at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

Paddock won gold in the 1920 Olympics, in 1924 (in the film “Chariots of Fire” as portrayed by Dennis Christopher) he won silver. Here he’s seen training with his coach, Dean Cromwell.

1929 Charley Paddock with USC coach Dean Cromwell

Frank Wykoff got his masters in education in 1936 and until his retirement in 1972 he worked for the Los Angeles County school system.

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