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Gene Cole

Full name: Gerrard Eugene "Gene" Cole
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (182 cm)
Weight: 172 lbs (78 kg)
Born: December 18, 1928 in New Lexington, Ohio, United States
Affiliations: Ohio State Buckeyes, Columbus (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

After he ran 48.0 for 440 y in 1948 while in high school, no more was heard of Gene Cole for the next four years. During the interim he attended Ohio State, leaving track, but he decided to give it another try in 1952. After placing fifth in the AAU, Cole took second place at the Final Trials and at the Helsinki Games he ran 46.8 for fourth place in the semi-finals to become the first man in Olympic history to run a sub-47.0 400 m and not make the final. Running the second stage of the relay he clocked a remarkable 45.5, which gave some indication of what he might have accomplished had he chosen to spend more than one season in top-class track.

Personal Best: 400 – 46.7y (1952).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics Men's 400 metres United States USA 4 h1 r3/4
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay United States USA 2 Silver

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 4 46.8 46.94
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Four 2 QU 47.7 47.88
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics United States Round One Heat Nine 1 QU 48.3 48.44

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) ST
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics United States USA Final 2 3:04.0 3:04.21 45,5
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Athletics United States USA Round One Heat Two 1 QU 3:11.5 3:11.67