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Buddy Davis

Full name: Walter Francis "Buddy" Davis
Nickname(s): Walt
Gender: Male
Height: 6-7.5 (203 cm)
Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg)
Born: January 5, 1931 in Beaumont, Texas, United States
Affiliations: San Antonio Athletic Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

A severe attack of polio as a child took a heavy toll on Buddy Davis and it took seven years of continual exercise before he was able to walk properly By the time he enrolled in 1948 at Texas A&M, much of the strength had returned to his legs and by 1951 he was a good enough high jumper to rank second in the world with a best of 6-9 (2.05). In 1952 he won the AAU at 6-10½ (2.09), the second highest jump to that time, and then set a new Olympic record in taking the gold medal in Helsinki. Davis set his personal best with a world record jump of 6-11⅝ (2.12) at the 1953 AAU Championship. At 6-8½ (2.04) tall, Davis was an outstanding basketball player at Texas A&M and was much coveted by the pros. He was drafted and signed after the 1952 Olympics by the Philadelphia Warriors. He had a good pro basketball career, playing six years, backing up Wilt Chamberlain at center in his last years.

Personal Best: HJ – 2.124 (1953).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics Men's High Jump United States USA 1 Gold OR

Men's High Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank BHC MBHC TMBHC TABHC C/F/P
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round 1 OR 2.04 1 1 7
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round 1.70 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round 1.80 metres 1T o 0 0 1 1.80
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round 1.90 metres 4T o 0 0 2 1.90
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round 1.95 metres 1T o 0 0 3 1.95
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round 1.98 metres 1T o 0 0 4 1.98
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round 2.01 metres 1T o 0 0 5 2.01
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round 2.04 metres 1 OR xo 0 1 7 2.04
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round 2.07 metres 1T xxx 1 1 7 2.04
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics United States Qualifying Round 1T QU 1.87 0 0 1
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 1T 1.87 0 0 1
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 1.87 metres 1T 1.87 0 0 1 o
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