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Ron Laird

Full name: Ronald Owen "Ron" Laird
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: May 31, 1938 in Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Affiliations: NYAC, New York (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Ron Laird has won more national championships in track & field than any American athlete, with 65 different championships in various walking events, ranging in distance from 1 mile to 50 km (31.1 miles). In addition to his four Olympic appearances, Laird was fourth at the 1963 Pan American Games and won gold at the 1967 Pan American Games in the 20 km walk, and finished third in the 1967 and 1973 World Cup 20 km walk. His national titles, all AAU championships, occurred between 1958 and 1976. He set 81 American records at distances from 1 km to 40 km.

Personal Bests: 20kmW – 1-28:18 (1967); 50kmW – 4-29:39 (1968).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 22 Roma Athletics Men's 50 kilometres Walk United States USA 19
1964 Summer 26 Tokyo Athletics Men's 20 kilometres Walk United States USA AC DQ
1968 Summer 30 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 20 kilometres Walk United States USA 25
1976 Summer 38 Montréal Athletics Men's 20 kilometres Walk United States USA 20

Men's 20 kilometres Walk

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1964 Summer 26 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Standings AC DQ
1968 Summer 30 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Standings 25 1-44:38
1976 Summer 38 Montréal Athletics United States Final Standings 20 1-33:27.6

Men's 50 kilometres Walk

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1960 Summer 22 Roma Athletics United States Final Standings 19 4-53:21.6
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