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Des Koch

Full name: Desmond Dalworth "Des" Koch
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 209 lbs (95 kg)
Born: May 10, 1932 in Lincoln County, Tennessee, United States
Died: January 26, 1991 in Los Angeles, California, United States
Affiliations: US Air Force, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Des Koch went to Southern Cal from Reed High School in Shelton, Washington, having been the nation’s top prep discus thrower in 1950. He won the NCAA discus in 1955 and made the 1956 Olympic team after Ron Drummond withdrew because of academic commitments. Koch proved to be an adequate substitute, placing third in Melbourne as the U.S. swept the medals. Des Koch was probably better known for his football prowess. With a 43.4 average he led the nation in punting in his junior year and in 1953, as a senior, he averaged 43.5 yards and had a 72-yarder in the Rose Bowl. He may be the last player to have drop-kicked a field goal in major college football. After college, Koch had a brief fling at pro football, trying out with Green Bay and San Diego, but he never played. Koch, who married Mitzi Whitefeather, a ⅞ths Native American whom he met when she had an apartment next to Parry O'Brien, became an executive with a plastics manufacturing plant.

Personal Bests: SP – 52-0 (15.85) (1954); DT – 180-8 (55.08) (1956); JT – 213-0 (64.92) (1954).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Men's Discus Throw United States USA 3 Bronze

Men's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round 3 54.40
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round One 9 50.53
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 10 foul 50.53
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 3 53.55 53.55
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 3 53.64 53.64
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 3 54.40 54.40
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP 54.03
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round 16 QU 47.14
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round One 14 47.14
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Two 16 pass 47.14
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
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