After the 72 Olympic 400 meter dash champ Vince Matthews and runner-up Wayne Collett were hastily dismissed from competing in any other olympic events due to their indifference on the victory stand, it was fairly academic that the U.S. would not line up a team for the prelims of the 4x400 relay . John Smith injured himself in the finals of the 400 meter dash (or was it during the semi's?) and he wasn't available. That left Lee Evans,Maurice Peoples and Tommie Turner. (Too bad Larry Black wasn't an alternate, he had run a 43.4 split in a mile relay.
Anyway, can anyone figure out why, Rey Robinson was left of the 4X100 meter relay. I heard from somewhere that he was a poor curve runner, but why not have him run 2nd or anchor? then put Robert Taylor third. Taylor after all was the AAU 200 meter dash champ and poor curve runners don't just happen to win AAU 200's (unless your'e Carl Lewis). Lead-off with Black or Tinker (Most likely Black). Im' just curious. With all the Eastern Bloc turmoil going on then, I'll bet if the Soviets or East German's to name a few would have lost 3 runners on any given relay, they would have been allowed to find another replacement. The 4x100 still turned out nicely, Tinker ran a great curve handed off to Hart and that's all she wrote.