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John Bennett

Full name: John Dale Bennett
Gender: Male
Height: 5-7.5 (172 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: November 14, 1930 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States
Affiliations: US Army, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

John Bennett of Marquette won the NCAA long jump in 1953 and the following year he scored a noteworthy triple by taking the AAU, NCAA and IC4A titles. In 1954 he also won the IC4A high jump. At the 1955 Pan American Games he jumped 26-3¼ (8.01) to become the first white athlete to go beyond the 26 foot (and 8 meter) mark, but this was only good for second place behind Ross Range. As a member of the 4×100 metres relay team Bennett won a gold medal at the 1955 Pan American Games (with the non-Olympians Rod Richard, Willie Williams, and Charles Thomas). Bennett also placed second at the 1956 Olympics and this time it was [Greg Bell] who defeated him. Bell beat Bennett again at the post-Olympic U.S. vs. British Empire meet. Although competing only occasionally in 1957, Bennett was runner-up in the AAU meet. He retired at the end of the 1958 season and later owned and operated men's clothing stores in Sun Prairie and Waunakee, Wisconsin.

Personal Bests: HJ – 6-5½ (1.97) (1953); LJ – 26-3¼ (8.01) (1955).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Athletics Men's Long Jump United States USA 2 Silver

Men's Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round 2 7.68
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round One 1 7.68
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 2 7.61 7.68
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 2 foul 7.61
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 2 pass 7.61
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 2 foul 7.61
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP pass
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round 2 QU 7.50
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round One 2 7.50
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Two 2 pass 7.50
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
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