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Russ Hodge

Full name: Russell Arden "Russ" Hodge
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2.5 (190 cm)
Weight: 225 lbs (102 kg)
Born: September 12, 1939 in Monticello, New York, United States
Affiliations: Santa Clara Valley Youth Village, Santa Clara (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Son of Alice Arden.

Biography

Russ Hodge is considered by some athletics experts as the having the most talent of any decathlete ever, but one who never fulfilled his almost unlimited potential. Bigger than almost any decathlete of his era at 6-3 (1.90) and 225 lbs. (102 kg.), he had seemingly incongruous personal bests in the 100 of 10.2 (1970) and in the shot put of 18.56 (60-10¾) (1969). His only Olympic appearance in 1964 resulted in a ninth-place finish but in 1966, he became world record holder with 8,230 points (8,119 on the 1985 tables), narrowly defeating his arch-rival, Bill Toomey. Despite his immense talent, Hodge was often injured, which likely kept him from reaching his potential. He twice competed at the Pan American Games, finishing 4th in 1963 and 2nd in 1971. His mother, Alice Arden, high jumped at the 1936 Olympic Games.

Personal Bests\: 100y – 9.6 (1966); 100 – 10.2 (1970); 400 – 47.9 (1970); LJ – 7.69 (25-2¾) (1966); SP – 18.56 (60-10¾); DT – 53.13 (174-4) (1969); JT – 64.49 (211-7) (1966); Dec – 8119 (1966).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics Men's Decathlon United States USA 9

Men's Decathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank P(1962HT) P(1985HT) T D P(1962T) P(1985T) H
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Standings 9 7,325 7.130
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics United States 100 metres 5T 804 808 11.0
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics United States 100 metres Heat One 1T 804 808 11.0
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics United States Long jump 12 6.75 767 755
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics United States Shot put 3 14.93 784 785
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics United States High jump 13T 634 585 1.75
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics United States 400 metres 9 824 827 49.6
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics United States 400 metres Heat Four 1 824 827 49.6
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles 15 748 706 16.0
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles Heat Three 4 748 706 16.0
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics United States Discus throw 4 44.64 775 759
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics United States Pole vault 15T 728 535 3.70
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics United States Javelin throw 15 50.21 636 592
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics United States 1,500 metres 5 4:24.9 625 778
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics United States 1,500 metres Heat Three 1 4:24.9 625 778
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