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Ray Barbuti

Full name: Raymond James "Ray" Barbuti
Nickname(s): Orange Flash
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 181 lbs (82 kg)
Born: June 12, 1905 in Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: July 8, 1988 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States
Affiliations: NYAC, New York (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Barbuti won his only AAU title in 1928, when the 400 m final was run in a gale force wind and Barbuti's rugged strength enabled him to win in a seemingly modest 51.8. He improved that to 47.8 at the Olympics when he was the only American to win an individual track title. He was brought onto the relay team at the last minute and led the U.S. to a new world record of 3:14.2. The following week he (with George Baird, Morgan Taylor, and Bud Spencer) claimed a share in a second world record when the U.S. ran 3:13.4 for the 4×440y in London in the match against the British Empire team. Barbuti captained both the football and track teams at Syracuse. During his war service he was awarded the Air Medal and the Bronze Star and left the army air corps as a major. He later became deputy director of the Civil Defense Commission for New York State and director of the New York State Office of Disaster Preparedness. After his competitive days were over he was more interested in football than track and he officiated at more than 500 intercollegiate games.

Personal Best: 400 – 47.8 (1928).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 400 metres United States USA 1 Gold
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T L
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Athletics United States Final 1 47.8 1
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 48.8
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 48.8
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Athletics United States Round One Heat Six 1 QU 49.8

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ST
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Athletics United States USA Final 1 WR 3:14.2 48.8
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Athletics United States USA Round One Heat One 1 QU 3:21.4
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