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Harrison Dillard

Full name: William Harrison Dillard
Nickname(s): Bones
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 152 lbs (69 kg)
Born: July 8, 1923 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Affiliations: Baldwin-Wallace College
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 4 Gold (4 Total)

Biography

"Bones" Dillard caused a major Olympic upset when he won the 100 m in 1948. He went to the 1948 AAU with an unprecedented streak of 82 consecutive hurdle victories, but was surprisingly beaten by Bill Porter. A week later, at the Final Trials, Porter won again and Dillard failed to finish. But he made the Olympic team by placing third in the 100 m and then took the Olympic title. Four years later he made no mistakes, winning the hurdles at Helsinki, and winning the gold on the sprint relay team for a second time. Originally inspired by the victory parade in his native Cleveland for Jesse Owens after the 1936 Olympics, Dillard developed into one of the most consistent hurdlers the world has ever seen. Owens encouraged Dillard to take up hurdling and later gave him the spikes he had worn in Berlin. Dillard went on to win 14 AAU titles and six NCAA championships, as well as setting world records in both the high and low hurdles.

Dillard was a member of the famed Buffalo Soldiers, which were African-American troops who fought valiantly in the Italian campaign from 1943-45 during World War II. He later was in charge of communications for the Cleveland Indians for 10 years. He also had a television and radio show and was responsible for the city's educational department spending

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.50 (1948); 110H – 13.6y (1948).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 1 Gold
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles United States USA 1 Gold OR
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A 1/10) L
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics United States Final 1 =OR 10.3 10.5 6
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 10.5 10.6
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU 10.4
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU 10.4 10.7

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics United States Final 1 OR 13.7 13.91 4
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 14.0 14.15
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics United States Round One Heat One 1 QU/OR 13.9 14.03

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A 1/10) L T(A)
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics United States USA Final 1 40.6 40.7 3
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics United States USA Round One Heat One 1 QU 41.1 41.2
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics United States USA Final 1 40.1 2 40.26
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics United States USA Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 40.4 40.51
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics United States USA Round One Heat One 1 QU 40.3 40.34
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