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Tom Courtney

Full name: Thomas William "Tom" Courtney
Gender: Male
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
Weight: 179 lbs (81 kg)
Born: August 17, 1933 in Newark, New Jersey, United States
Affiliations: US Air Force, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Tom Courtney was a worthy successor to Mal Whitfield for both speed and consistency He won the NCAA 880y in 1955 and the AAU in 1957 and 1958. Courtney was also the top 400 m man in the world in 1956 and won the AAU in 45.6. In 1957 he set a new world 880y record of 1:46.8 and the following year he came within one tenth of a second of the world 800 m record. He won the 1956 Final Trials in a new American record of 1:46.4 and then went on to set a new Olympic record of 1:47.7 in winning the Melbourne final. Courtney won a second Olympic gold with a 45.7 anchor leg in the 4×400 metres relay. He was also a notable indoor performer and in 1957 he tied Whitfield's world record of 1:09.5 for 600y and set three world records for the 880y on a flat indoor track.

Personal Bests: 400 – 45.8 (1956); 800 – 1:45.8 (1957).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Men's 800 metres United States USA 1 Gold OR
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics United States Final 1 OR 1:47.7 1:47.75
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 1:53.6 1:53.62
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 1 QU 1:52.7 1:52.83

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) ST
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics United States USA Final 1 3:04.8 3:04.81 45,8
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics United States USA Round One Heat One 2 QU 3:10.6 3:10.60