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Bill Dellinger

Full name: William Solon "Bill" Dellinger
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 137 lbs (62 kg)
Born: March 23, 1934 in Grants Pass, Oregon, United States
Affiliations: Oregon Track Club, Eugene (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Bill Dellinger of the University of Oregon won the 1954 NCAA mile, but subsequently concentrated on the 5,000m. In 1956 he won the NCAA title and then set a new U.S. record of 14:16.2 before leaving for Melbourne where, after qualifying comfortably he failed to finish in the final. In 1957, Dellinger posted a new U.S. 1,500 m record of 3:41.5 while finishing third in a dual meet with Hungary. He won the 5,000 m at the AAU and Pan American Games in 1959 and he won the AAU again in 1960. However, as in 1956, he failed to show his true form at the Olympics and was eliminated in the heats. At his third Olympics, Bill Dellinger finally came through and, on a rain-soaked track in Tokyo, he put in a devastating last lap to snatch third place from Michel Jazy of France. Dellinger's time of 13:49.8 was the fastest of his long career. He later became the head coach at his alma mater, where he has numbered among his pupils Steve Prefontaine and Alberto Salazar.

Personal Bests: 1500 – 3:41.5 (1958); 1mile – 4:02.7 (1961); 2miles – 8:43.8 (1961); 5000 – 13:49.8 (1964).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Athletics Men's 5,000 metres United States USA AC
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics Men's 5,000 metres United States USA 4 h3 r1/2
1964 Summer 30 Tokyo Athletics Men's 5,000 metres United States USA 3 Bronze

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Athletics United States Final AC DNF
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Athletics United States Round One Heat One 3 QU 14:26.8 14:26.92
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 4 14:08.6 14:08.72
1964 Summer 30 Tokyo Athletics United States Final 3 13:49.8
1964 Summer 30 Tokyo Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 2 QU 13:52.2
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