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Willie Davenport

Full name: Wilbur D. "Willie" Davenport
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
Born: June 8, 1943 in Troy, Alabama, United States
Died: June 17, 2002 in Chicago, Illinois, United States
Affiliations: Baton Rouge Track Club, Baton Rouge (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics, Bobsleigh

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Willie Davenport, a 19-year-old army private, caused one of the sensations of the 1964 Final Trials when he won the high hurdles, finishing ahead of Hayes Jones and Blaine Lindgren. In Tokyo he sustained a thigh injury and was eliminated in the semi-finals, but fours years later, in Mexico City, Davenport took the gold medal. He also finished fourth in 1972 and third in 1976. At the 1967 Pan American Games he finished second. After the 1964 Games he enrolled at Southern University and won the AAU outdoor title outright in 1965, 1966, and 1967, and tied for first place in 1969. In 1980 he competed in the 4-man bobsled in the 1980 Winter Olympics, becoming only the fourth American to compete in both sets of Games. Davenport was later employed by the city of Baton Rouge and also served as an athlete’s representative to the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Personal Bests: 100y – 9.5 (1968); 100 – 10.3 (1969); 110H – 13.33 (1968).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles United States USA 7 h1 r2/3
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles United States USA 1 Gold
1972 Summer 29 München Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles United States USA 4
1976 Summer 33 Montréal Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles United States USA 3 Bronze
1980 Winter 36 Lake Placid Bobsleigh Men's Four United States-1 USA 12

Men's Four

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit
1980 Winter 36 Lake Placid Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Final Standings
1980 Winter 36 Lake Placid Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Run 1
1980 Winter 36 Lake Placid Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Run 2
1980 Winter 36 Lake Placid Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Run 3
1980 Winter 36 Lake Placid Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Run 4

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 7 14.2w 14.28w
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Athletics United States Round One Heat One 2 QU 14.2 14,44
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final 1 =OR 13.3 13.33 4
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 13.5 13.53
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 1 QU 13.6 13.65
1972 Summer 29 München Athletics United States Final 4 13.50 1
1972 Summer 29 München Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 13.73 1
1972 Summer 29 München Athletics United States Round One Heat One 2 QU 13.97 7
1976 Summer 33 Montréal Athletics United States Final 3 13.38 3
1976 Summer 33 Montréal Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 13.55 5
1976 Summer 33 Montréal Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 1 QU 13.70 2
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