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Ned Gourdin

Full name: Edward Orval "Ned" Gourdin
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
Weight: 174 lbs (79 kg)
Born: August 10, 1897 in Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Died: July 21, 1966 in Quincy, Massachusetts, United States
Affiliations: Dorchester Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

With the possible exception of Sol Butler, Ed Gourdin of Harvard was the first of the great black long jumpers. On 23 July 1921, at the Harvard-Yale vs. Oxford/Cambridge meet, he set a world record of 25-3 (7.69), defeating the British first string, Harold Abrahams, by the shattering margin of almost three feet. Gourdin was also an outstanding sprinter and at the same meet defeated Abrahams, the future Olympic champion of "Chariots of Fire" fame, in the 100y. Gourdin won the AAU long jump in 1921, the pentathlon in 1921-22, and the IC4A long jump in 1921. Gourdin, a lawyer, was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1925 and the Federal bar in 1931. He became a U.S. attorney in 1936 and in 1958 became the first black to become a member of the Massachusetts Supreme Court.

Personal Bests: LJ – 7.69 (1921).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Men's Long Jump United States USA 2 Silver

Men's Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics United States Final Standings 2 7.275
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics United States Final Round 2 7.275
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics United States Qualifying Round 2 QU 7.190
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group D 1 7.190