Full name: Richmond Wilcox "Dick" Landon
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: November 20, 1898 in Salisbury, Connecticut, United States
Died: June 13, 1971 in Lynbrook, New York, United States
Affiliations: NYAC, New York (USA)
Country: United States
Related Olympians: Husband of Alice Lord.
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
After attending Hotchkiss, Dick Landon enrolled at Yale and won the IC4A high jump in 1919 and 1920. At the 1920 AAU championships, which doubled as the Final Trials, Landon placed second to John Murphy of Notre Dame, but at Antwerp, Landon took the title, with Murphy fifth. Landon achieved the best mark of his career in 1921 when he cleared 6-6 (1.98) to win the Harvard/Yale vs. Oxford/Cambridge dual meet. He was also an excellent indoor jumper and at the 1923 Millrose Games he tied with Leroy Brown of Dartmouth as both set a new world indoor record of 6-5¼ (1.96). Landon’s only AAU title came at the 1921 indoor meet. The gold medal was not the only piece of good fortune that came Dick Landon’s way at the Olympics – on the boat going to Antwerp he met Alice Lord, a member of the diving team, and they were married in 1922.
Personal Best: HJ – 1.962 (1923).
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