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Thane Baker

Full name: Walter Thane Baker
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Born: October 4, 1931 in Elkhart, Kansas, United States
Affiliations: US Air Force, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

Thane Baker won the NCAA 220y in 1953 and the AAU 200m in 1956. Because he was generally considered at his best over the longer sprint, his second place in the 1956 Olympic 100m was one of the surprises of the Games. Baker was usually overshadowed by the likes of Bobby Morrow and Andy Stanfield at the major championship meets, but when measured against the stopwatch he could claim a truly impressive list of marks: 100y (9.4), 100m (10.2), 200m (20.6), 220y straight (20.4), and in 1956 he set a world "record" of 29.4 for 300 yards. Baker majored in economics education at Kansas State and after serving in the air force he went into the oil business, working as a purchasing manager for Mobil. One of his daughters, Cathy followed in her father’s footsteps by winning the 1981 women’s collegiate (Div. II) title at 800 meters. Baker remained active in track, acting as a starter and official at various meets. Through 1982 he held the world’s age group records at 100m for the 40-44 and 45-49 year age groups.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.2 (1956); 200 – 20.6y (1956).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Men's 200 metres United States USA 2 Silver
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 2 Silver
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Athletics Men's 200 metres United States USA 3 Bronze
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Athletics United States Final 2 10.5 10.77 3
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 10.4 10.61
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 10.4 10.62
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Athletics United States Round One Heat Nine 1 QU 10.7 10.93

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics United States Final 2 20.8 20.97 6
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 21.3 21.50
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 21.4 21.64
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 1 QU 21.4 21.62
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Athletics United States Final 3 20.9 21.05 6
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 21.1 21.21
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 21.2 21.34
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Athletics United States Round One Heat Seven 1 QU 21.8 21.92

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) ST L
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Athletics United States USA Final 1 WR 39.5 39.60 9,7 6
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Athletics United States USA Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 40.3 40.34
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Athletics United States USA Round One Heat One 1 QU 40.5 40.53