Rink Babka, a silver medalist in the discus at the 1960 Olympics, died Saturday. He was 85.
Babka held the world record in the discus and was the NCAA champion in 1958. He was USC co-captain on the 1958 NCAA championship team.
His best college throw of 198-10 still ranks as the fifth-best mark in USC history. He was one of the first discus throwers to break the 200-foot mark.
A world and American record holder in the discus (career best of 217-4), Babka was ranked in the world’s top 10 for 12 consecutive years, including No. 1 in 1958. He was ranked into the USC Hall of Fame in 2009.