Full name: Horace Ashenfelter, III
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: January 23, 1923 in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, United States
Affiliations: NYAC, New York (USA)
Country: United States
Related Olympians: Brother of Bill Ashenfelter.
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Nip Ashenfelter won his first AAU title when he took the 10,000 m in 1950. The following day he ran his first steeplechase and finished fifth. He won the AAU steeplechase in 1951 and at the 1952 Olympic Trials ran 9:06.4 to better Harold Manning's 16-year-old U.S. record. Ashenfelter further improved the record to 8:51.0 in the Olympic heats in Helsinki; in a classic Olympic final he defeated the much-vaunted Russian, Vladimir Kazantsev, and posted a new world record of 8:45.4. In the 1955 Pan American Games Ashenfelter won a silver medal when he finished second to Osvaldo Suárez in the 5000 metres. Ashenfelter competed again at Melbourne but could do no better than sixth in a heat of the steeplechase. During a long career, he won three AAU outdoor titles, was the indoor two mile champion for five successive years (1952-56) and over the same five-year period he led the New York AC to victory in the cross-country team event. In three of those years (1954-56), he also won the individual cross-country. After leaving Penn State, Ashenfelter joined the FBI in November 1951, but when he retired from competition after the 1956 Olympics, he also resigned from the Bureau and took a post in business, as a salesman for various metallurgy firms.
Personal Best: 3000S – 8:45.68 (1952).
|1952 Summer||29||Helsinki||Athletics||Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase||United States||USA||1||Gold||WR|
|1956 Summer||33||Melbourne||Athletics||Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase||United States||USA||6 h1 r1/2|
|1952 Summer||29||Helsinki||Athletics||United States||Final||1||WR||8:45.4||8:45.68|
|1952 Summer||29||Helsinki||Athletics||United States||Round One||Heat Three||1||QU/OR||8:51.0||8:51.17|
|1956 Summer||33||Melbourne||Athletics||United States||Round One||Heat One||6||8:51.0||8:51.12|