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Tom Churchill

Full name: Ralph Thomas "Tom" Churchill, Sr.
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1.5 (187 cm)
Weight: 192 lbs (87 kg)
Born: February 26, 1908 in Blair, Oklahoma, United States
Died: April 28, 1963 in Sacramento, California, United States
Affiliations: Oklahoma Sooners, Norman (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Tom Churchill was a tremendous all-around athlete who excelled at Central High School in Oklahoma City where he played football, baseball, basketball, and competed on the swimming and track teams. At the University of Oklahoma, he could not play sports his freshman years, because of the rules at the time, so he boxed for the school and won the Big 8 Conference heavyweight title. He later played football and basketball for the Sooners, making All-American as a junior in basketball, and All-American as a senior in football. He eventually earned 10 varsity letters in four sports (also baseball and track), being named all-conference multiple times, and All-American in two sports. His track career outside of college was short. In 1928 he won the decathlon at the Kansas Relays, after his sophomore year, was third at the Penn Relays, then placed fourth at the US Olympic Trials, and fifth at the Olympic Games. In 1929 he again won the Kansas Relays decathlon and placed second at the Penn Relays. After his 1930 college graduation, he signed a minor league contract to play baseball with the New York Yankees, but played only briefly. In the summer of 1930 he married his college sweetheart, Marie Weeks, a newspaper society editor, in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Personal Best: Decathlon – 7,417.115 (1912B tables)(1928); 6,252 (1985 tables) (1929).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 20 Amsterdam Athletics Men's Decathlon United States USA 5

Men's Decathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank P(1912BT) P(1985T) T D H
1928 Summer 20 Amsterdam Athletics United States Final Standings 5 7,417.115 6.165
1928 Summer 20 Amsterdam Athletics United States 100 metres 7T 762.0 683 11.6
1928 Summer 20 Amsterdam Athletics United States 100 metres Heat Seven 1 762.0 683 11.6
1928 Summer 20 Amsterdam Athletics United States Long jump 22 686.40 657 6.32
1928 Summer 20 Amsterdam Athletics United States Shot put 8 694 623 12.28
1928 Summer 20 Amsterdam Athletics United States High jump 13T 678 544 1.70
1928 Summer 20 Amsterdam Athletics United States 400 metres 3T 849.6 710 52.2
1928 Summer 20 Amsterdam Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles 13T 829 620 16.8
1928 Summer 20 Amsterdam Athletics United States Discus throw 5 733.24 628 38.19
1928 Summer 20 Amsterdam Athletics United States Pole vault 2T 811 509 3.60
1928 Summer 20 Amsterdam Athletics United States Javelin throw 7 723.075 602 50.93
1928 Summer 20 Amsterdam Athletics United States 1,500 metres 12 650.8 589 4:55.0
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