Bob Wheeler passes away

Bob Wheeler, a 1974 Duke graduate who participated in the 1972 Olympics, died at the age of 58 last week.

Still the Duke record-holder in the outdoor 1,500-meters, indoor one mile and indoor 1,000-meters, Wheeler was a three-time All-American during his time at the school. He won the individual title in the 1,000-meter race at the 1971 NCAA Track & Field Championships.

The Mountain View, Calif.-native was a 1989 inductee in the Duke Hall of Fame, as well as a member of the ACC’s 50th Anniversary track team, which honored the conference’s all-time best athletes.

At the Munich games in 1972, Wheeler competed in the 1,500-meters but failed to reach the final, medal-qualifying heat.


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