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Don Lash

Full name: Donald Ray "Don" Lash
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: August 15, 1912 in Bluffton, Indiana, United States
Died: September 19, 1994 in Terre Haute, Indiana, United States
Affiliations: Indiana Hoosiers, Bloomington (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Biography

At the 1936 Princeton Invitational, Don Lash ran 2 miles in 8:58.4 to break the world record held by the renowned Paavo Nurmi. Lash ran for Indiana University and the Indiana State Police AA. He won multiple AAU titles, including the 5K in 1936 and the 10K in 1936 and 1940. Most impressively, he was AAU cross-country champion for seven consecutive years – 1934-40. In 1938 he was the winner of the Sullivan Award as America's top amateur athlete. Lash had an interesting post-athletic career. In 1941 he became an FBI agent, which he did until he retired from the Bureau in 1962. He then became regional director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and spent time as a motivational speaker. He had a brief stint selling real estate, but in the 1970s was elected to the Indiana state legislature and served five terms in politics.

Personal Bests: 1500 – 3:57.8 (1936); Mile – 4:07.2 (1937); 2 miles – 8:58.0i (1937); 5000 – 14:30.9i (1939); 10000 – 31:06.9 (1936).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics Men's 5,000 metres United States USA 13
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics Men's 10,000 metres United States USA 8

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H)
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics United States Final 13
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics United States Round One Heat One 3 QU 15:04.4

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H)
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics United States Final Standings 8 31:39.4
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