Remembering Rink Babka

I wanted to wrap a retrospective of Trojans who passed away in 2022 with Rink Babka.

Babka, a silver medalist in the discus at the 1960 Olympics, died in January. 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.

9 thoughts on “Remembering Rink Babka

  1. I remember his being the best discus thrower I ever watched. When I was 16 I drove to SC track meets and that year to the Compton invitational .While sitting in the stands ,he came off the field to see people he knew,maybe family about 15′ from where I was sitting. He was a massive amount of muscle and looked like an all american football tackle. He won the meet event of course,Perry O’Brien was there putting the shot and Jan Sikorsky throwing the javelin…they all won their events.Those were great years to be a trojan fan,especially in track and field.

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  2. I remember him well. I was on the track team in 1960. He trained with Dallas Long, Perry O’Brian and the McKeevers. He was a great guy who was a natural coach. Our track and field team had several world record athletes.

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  3. Greetings , well 2 from the south in california to play ? 13.5 point favorite is Ga. ! predict ga to win to cover well that could be a referee problem ? so do not believe ga will cover the line ! this is my take on these matters !? Regards , E

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  4. Rating the qb, position young v bennett looks to be under rated compared to young who is thin and frail looking and over rated at that position !! Regards , E

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