Full name: Thomas William "Tom" Courtney
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: United States
Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)
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).
|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|
|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|
|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|