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Milt Campbell

Full name: Milton Gray "Milt" Campbell
Gender: Male
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
Weight: 207 lbs (94 kg)
Born: December 9, 1933 in Plainfield, New Jersey, United States
Died: November 2, 2012 in Gainesville, Georgia, United States
Affiliations: US Navy, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

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Biography

Milt Campbell was the first great black decathlete and the first to win the Olympic decathlon. He won the AAU decathlon in 1953 and the AAU and NCAA high hurdles in 1955. In 1957 he set a world record of 13.4 for the 120y hurdles. While at Indiana University, Campbell won letters in both football and track. After graduation he had a fling with pro football, playing briefly in 1957 with the Cleveland Browns, but has since run programs in New Jersey for underprivileged children. He is also a well-known lecturer.

Personal Bests: 100y – 9.6 (1953); 100 – 10.5 (1953); 220y – 20.7s (1953); 400 – 48.8 (1956); 110H – 13.4y (1957); HJ – 6-3 (1.90) (1956); PV – 12-0 (3.66) (1956); LJ – 24-0½ (7.33) (1956); SP – 48-5 (14.76) (1956); DT – 147-6 (44.96) (1956); JT – 187-3 (57.07) (1956); Dec – 7,614 (1956).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Athletics Men's Decathlon United States USA 2 Silver
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Athletics Men's Decathlon United States USA 1 Gold OR

Men's Decathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank P(1952T) P(1985AT) P(1985HT) T(H) T(A) D P(1985T) H P(1952HT)
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Standings 2 6,975 6.948 6.986
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Athletics United States 100 metres 1 OB 1.034 910 874 10.7 10.78
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Athletics United States 100 metres Heat One 1 OB 1.034 910 874 10.7 10.78
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Athletics United States Long jump 12 707 6.74 753
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Athletics United States Shot put 2 759 13.89 722
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Athletics United States High jump 5T 832 670 1.85
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Athletics United States 400 metres 4 779 771 767 50.9 50.96
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Athletics United States 400 metres Heat Four 1 779 771 767 50.9 50.96
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles 1 OB 953 881 14.5 14.67
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles Heat Four 1 OB 953 881 14.5 14.67
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Athletics United States Discus throw 5 640 40.50 675
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Athletics United States Pole vault 21 438 431 3.30
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Athletics United States Javelin throw 7 617 54.54 656
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Athletics United States 1,500 metres 19 216 517 519 5:07.2 5:07.60
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Athletics United States 1,500 metres Heat Four 5 216 517 519 5:07.2 5:07.60
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Standings 1 OR 7.614 7.565 7,937
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Athletics United States 100 metres 1 881 852 10.8 10.91 990
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Athletics United States 100 metres Heat Four 1 881 852 10.8 10.91 990
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Athletics United States Long jump 2 898 7.33 893
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Athletics United States Shot put 1 850 14.76 775
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Athletics United States High jump 2T 886 705 1.89
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Athletics United States 400 metres 2 869 864 48.8 48.83 940
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Athletics United States 400 metres Heat Two 1 869 864 48.8 48.83 940
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles 1 OB 959 944 14.0 14.12 1.124
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles Heat Three 1 OB 959 944 14.0 14.12 1.124
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Athletics United States Discus throw 2 775 44.98 766
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Athletics United States Pole vault 9T 476 457 3.40
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Athletics United States Javelin throw 8 668 57.08 694
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Athletics United States 1,500 metres 8 615 4:50.6 4:50.68 330
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Athletics United States 1,500 metres Heat One 3 615 4:50.6 4:50.68 330