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Otis Davis

Full name: Otis Crandall Davis
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 163 lbs (74 kg)
Born: July 12, 1932 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
Affiliations: Philadelphia Pioneer Club, Philadelphia (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Otis Davis started at the University of Oregon as a basketball player, taking up track in 1958 at the age of 26. The following year he ran 46.5 for 440y and finished third in the AAU, and in 1960 he won the AAU before going on to take the Olympic title with a new world record of 44.9 (45.07). Davis also ran the anchor on the gold medal winning relay team, which also set a world record. After winning the 1961 AAU 440y, Davis retired, ending a brief but brilliant track career. He went into coaching and teaching until 1980 when he was appointed the Director of Recreation of the Sports Complex for the U.S. Military in Germany.

Personal Bests: 100 – 9.5 (1962); 220y – 20.9 (1961); 400 – 45.07 (1960).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Men's 400 metres United States USA 1 Gold WR
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics United States Final 1 WR 44.9 45.07 3
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU/OR 45.5 45.62
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU/=OR 45.9 46.02
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics United States Round One Heat Nine 1 QU 46.8 46.91

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) ST
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics United States USA Final 1 WR 3:02.2 3:02.37 45,25
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics United States USA Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 3:08.4 3:08.57
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics United States USA Round One Heat Four 1 QU 3:10.4 3:10.58
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