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Willie May, who won a silver medal in the hurdles at the 1960 Rome Olympics, died Thursday. He was 75. May also won seven Big Ten titles in the hurdles at Indiana between 1957 and 1959. He was inducted in the IU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000.

May ranks second on Indiana's all-time list in the 110m hurdles. He won the silver medal at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. May finished the race in 13.99 seconds. He earned another silver medal at the 1963 Pan American Games.

"While I did not know Willie May personally, I certainly know of his legendary contributions to the Indiana Track and Field program and the Indiana University community as a whole," said IU track coach Ron Helmer said in a statement. "Everything I have heard about him tells me he was and is the person and example we hope our current student-athletes will emulate, both now and in the future, as they impact their communities and those around them."