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Horace Ashenfelter

Full name: Horace Ashenfelter, III
Nickname(s): Nip
Gender: Male
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: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Brother of Bill Ashenfelter.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

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).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
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

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
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