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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 1985 in Allenspark, 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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