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Dick Landon

Full name: Richmond Wilcox "Dick" Landon
Gender: Male
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: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Husband of Alice Lord.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

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).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Athletics Men's High Jump United States USA 1 Gold OR

Men's High Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank H
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Athletics United States Final Standings 1 OR 1.936
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Athletics United States Final Round 1 OR 1.936
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Athletics United States Qualifying Round NP QU 1.80
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