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Lee Calhoun

Full name: Lee Quincy Calhoun
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: February 23, 1933 in Laurel, Mississippi, United States
Died: June 21, 1989 in Erie, Pennsylvania, United States
Affiliations: North Carolina Central University, Durham (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Lee Calhoun was the first man to have won two Olympic high hurdles titles. In 1956 he brought his best time down from 14.4 to 13.5 to win the first of his gold medals. In 1960, Calhoun improved to 13.4 and won his second Olympic title. Apart from these successes, he won the AAU (indoor and outdoor), the NAIA, and the NCAA in 1956 and successfully defended all four titles in 1957. He was suspended for the 1958 season for being married on television and receiving gifts after the ceremony. He came back in 1959 to win his third AAU outdoor championship and to win a silver medal at the Pan American Games. Shortly before winning his second Olympic crown he equalled the 110 m world record with 13.2. Calhoun graduated from North Carolina Central and, after coaching at Grambling, became the head track coach at Yale.

Personal Best: 110H – 13.2 (1960).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles United States USA 1 Gold OR
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles United States USA 1 Gold

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics United States Final 1 OR 13.5 13.70 2
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 14.0 14.18
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 1 QU 14.1 14.36
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics United States Final 1 13.8 13.98 2
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 13.7 13.88
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU 14.1 14.16
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics United States Round One Heat Four 1 QU 14.3 14.37