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DeHart Hubbard

Full name: William DeHart Hubbard
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: November 25, 1903 in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: June 23, 1976 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Affiliations: Recreation Commission, Ohio
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

DeHart Hubbard was the first black athlete to win an Olympic gold medal in an individual event. Hubbard studied at the University of Michigan starting in 1921, and the following year he won the first of six straight AAU long jump titles. He also won the AAU triple jump in 1922 and 1923 and at the NCAA he won the 100 y in 1925 and the long jump in 1923. In 1925 he set a world record of 25-10⅞ (7.89) when he took the NCAA title for a second time, and then in 1926 he confirmed his ability as a sprinter when he equalled the world record of 9.6 for 100 y. Although injured, DeHart Hubbard won the 1924 Olympic long jump comfortably; he was again injured at the 1928 when he finished 11th. Between these two appearances he had the best mark of his career in 1927 when he jumped 26-2¼ (7.98), but the mark was not recognized as a world record, because the take-off board was one inch higher than the landing pit. In all, Hubbard bettered 25 feet on eleven occasions and was undoubtedly the greatest jumper of the pre-Owens era.

Personal Bests: LJ – 7.89 (1925); TJ – 14.90 (1923).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 20 Paris Athletics Men's Long Jump United States USA 1 Gold
1924 Summer 20 Paris Athletics Men's Triple Jump United States USA AC NM
1928 Summer 24 Amsterdam Athletics Men's Long Jump United States USA 11T QR

Men's Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1924 Summer 20 Paris Athletics United States Final Standings 1 7.445
1924 Summer 20 Paris Athletics United States Final Round 1 7.445
1924 Summer 20 Paris Athletics United States Qualifying Round 3 QU 7.120
1924 Summer 20 Paris Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 1 7.120
1928 Summer 24 Amsterdam Athletics United States Qualifying Round 11T 7.11
1928 Summer 24 Amsterdam Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group D 3T 7.11

Men's Triple Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1924 Summer 20 Paris Athletics United States Final Standings AC NM
1924 Summer 20 Paris Athletics United States Qualifying Round AC NM
1924 Summer 20 Paris Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A AC NM
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