Currently alive, at 80 years of age.
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1936 – Born on August 8th. American track and field athlete.
1952 – He ran under Olympic coach Bruce Hamilton.
1953-1954 – He was the state champion in the 880-yard run, breaking the existing record each year–a record then held by Los Gatos High School runner Bob Chambers.
1956 – Bowden was part of the Olympic Games in Melbourne Australia, competing in the 1500-meter run.
1957 – Gained national attention by becoming the first American to run a sub-four-minute mile.
1960 – Bowden severed his Achilles tendon while training for the Olympics.
– Elected to halls of fame for the University of California, Northern California Track and Field, City of Stockton, City of San Francisco and the Santa Clara Valley Sportswriters/Broadcasters.