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Horatio Fitch

Full name: Horatio May Fitch
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: December 16, 1900 in Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 4, 1985 in Estes Park, Colorado, United States
Affiliations: Chicago AA, Chicago (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Horatio Fitch of the Chicago AA, and formerly of the University of Illinois, set a new Olympic record and a career best of 47.8 in the first semi-final of the 400 m at the Paris Games. He had finished second to [Coard Taylor] in the Final Trials and although Fitch soundly defeated Taylor in the Olympic final, he was beaten by [Eric Liddell] of Scotland. If you watched the movie )Chariots of Fire) closely you will remember a runner asking his coach before the start of the 400 meters if Liddell was anything to worry about. The coach told him to disregard Liddell, but it was a mistake. The character, who was not identified, would have been Horatio Fitch.

Personal Best: 400 – 47.8 (1924).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics Men's 400 metres United States USA 2 Silver

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T L
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics United States Final 2 48.4 5
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU/OR 47.8
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU 49.0
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics United States Round One Heat Fifteen 1 QU 52.0
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