This press photo was taken at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada. The photographer, from AFP Photo, captures the three medal winners from the 110 meter hurdles. The gold medal went to Guy Drut (France). The silver medal was captured by Willie Davenport (United States) and the bronze medal was earned by Alejandro Casanas (Cuba). Guy Drut (1950- ) had won a silver medal in the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany. . Upon retirement, he entered business and political life. In 2005 he was convicted by a French court for accepting political patronage by accepting a fictitious job. He later received amnesty.Willie Davenport (1943 – 2002) competed in the 1964, 1968, 1972,  and 1976 Olympics. He garnered two medals in his appearances. He returned to the Olympics in 1980 at the age of 37. He returned to Olympic competition in the Winter games. He was a member of the US bobsled team and the first African American to compete in the Winter Olympics. At the time of his first Olympics, Davenport was a private in the US Army. When he died, he held the rank of Colonel in the US Army National Guard. In 1977, he was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame. Alejandro Casanas (1954- ) participated in two Olympics (1976 and 1980). He won silver medals in the 110 meter hurdles in both Olympic years. In 1977 he set the world record for that event and he held it for two years. This photograph measures about 5 x 7 and is in very good condition (see scans).                                                                                                                                                       

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This cabinet card photograph captures an athlete in an action pose from his sport. What is this young man’s sport? It is my belief that he is likely a wrestler. However, he could be a gymnast, boxer, track and field competitor, or some other type of athlete. The subject certainly appears fit and muscular. Perhaps a visitor to the Cabinet Card Gallery will be able to identify the athlete’s sport by his uniform and leave an informative comment. The photographer of this image is Rudolf Franzl (1877-1955) of Vienna, Austria.

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