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Flowers nearly hurdles world record time

Updated: February 14, 2003, 11:06 AM ET
By Mike Sielski | Special to ESPN.com

Signature Meet

April 19, 1968 - Tennessee junior Richmond Flowers Jr. was three victories into an eight-race winning streak in the 120-yard high hurdles when he performed at the Pelican Relays in Baton Rouge, La.

Traditionally, all the competitors at the meet were African-American. Flowers was one of the meet's first white participants, but his performance was memorable for reasons beyond the color of his skin. Running against Southern University's Willie Davenport, a former ...

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