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Barney Ewell

Full name: Henry Norwood "Barney" Ewell
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10.5 (180 cm)
Weight: 157 lbs (71 kg)
Born: February 25, 1918 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 4, 1996 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Barney Ewell of Penn State had a remarkable career as a top-class sprinter. He began by winning the AAU junior 100m in 1936 while a schoolboy in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and finished 12 years later, at the age of 30, with three medals at the 1948 Olympics. In the intervening years he won 16 major outdoor titles, which included sprint doubles at both the 1940 and 1941 NCAA and IC4A meets, with a repeat at the 1942 IC4A. Ewell was also an outstanding long jumper and in the three years he won the IC4A sprint double, he won the long jump. He also won the AAU indoor long jump in 1944 and 1945 and the IC4A indoor long jump in 1940 and 1942. After winning the 100m at the 1948 combined AAU and Final Trials meet in a world record equaling 10.2, he lost the Olympic final by inches to the outsider Harrison Dillard and in the 200m he was beaten by a similar margin by Mel Patton. After the Olympics he lost his amateur status for accepting an excessive amount of gifts from his townsfolk, and then competed in Australia and New Zealand as a professional.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.43 (1948); 200 – 20.8 (1948).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 30 London Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 2 Silver
1948 Summer 30 London Athletics Men's 200 metres United States USA 2 Silver
1948 Summer 30 London 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) ATM L T(A 1/10)
1948 Summer 30 London Athletics United States Final 2 10.4 at 0.06 2
1948 Summer 30 London Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 10.5 at 0.03
1948 Summer 30 London Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 10.5 10.7
1948 Summer 30 London Athletics United States Round One Heat One 1 QU 10.5 10.7

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) ATM L
1948 Summer 30 London Athletics United States Final 2 21.1 at 0.05 4
1948 Summer 30 London Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 21.8 at 0.56
1948 Summer 30 London Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat One 2 QU 21.8
1948 Summer 30 London Athletics United States Round One Heat Four 1 QU 21.6

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A 1/10) L
1948 Summer 30 London Athletics United States USA Final 1 40.6 40.7 3
1948 Summer 30 London Athletics United States USA Round One Heat One 1 QU 41.1 41.2
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