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George Baird

Full name: George Hetzel Baird
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: March 5, 1907 in Grand Island, Nebraska, United States
Died: September 4, 2004 in Rhinebeck, New York, United States
Affiliations: Iowa Hawkeyes, Iowa City (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

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After being eliminated in the semi-finals at the 1928 Final Trials, Baird earned his trip to Amsterdam by winning a special race to decide the last two places on the relay team. At the Olympics he put the U.S. into a three-meter lead with an opening leg of 48.8, which his teammates carried on to a new world record of 3:14.2. He was also a member of the team that set a new world record of 3:13.4 for the 4×440 y relay (with Morgan Taylor, Ray Barbuti, and Bud Spencer) in London one week after the Olympics. After graduating from the University of Iowa, Baird had a number of jobs during the early depression years and for a while worked with his brother who ran a well-known troupe of marionettes. He finally became an assistant professor of education at NYU, where he also had earned a master’s degree.

Personal Best: 400 – 47.9 (1928).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ST
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Athletics United States USA Final 1 WR 3:14.2 48.2
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Athletics United States USA Round One Heat One 1 QU 3:21.4
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