The New York Athletic Club will hold a dinner Oct. 11 to honor Al Oerter on the 50th anniversary of the first of his four Olympic gold medals.
Oerter was a 20-year-old Kansas University sophomore when he won the discus at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. He also won in 1960 in Rome, in 1964 in Tokyo and in 1968 in Mexico City.
Oerter became the first track and field athlete to win the same event in four consecutive Olympics. Only Carl Lewis, who won the long jump in 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996, has done it since.