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Johnny Loaring

Full name: John Wilfrid "Johnny" Loaring
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 163 lbs (74 kg)
Born: August 3, 1915 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Died: November 21, 1969 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Affiliations: ?, Windsor (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Johnny Loaring was not an experienced athlete when he attended the 1936 Summer Olympics, but his iron will and determination nearly saw him defeat favorite and experienced athlete Glenn Hardin from the United States in the 400 m hurdle event. His efforts, which yielded silver in the 400 m hurdles, fourth in the 4×400 m relay, and sixth in the 400 m, earned him the title of the toughest competitor at the Games by the German media. This also made him the only Canadian male to have competed in all of the 400 m events, a distinction that still stands as of the 2008 Summer Olympics. His next stop was the 1938 British Empire Games, where he found even more success, winning gold medals in the 440 yards hurdles, the 4×110 yards relay (with Larry O'Connor and the non-Olympians Jack Brown and Pat Haley), and the 4×440 yards relay (with Lee Orr, Bill Fritz, and the non-Olympian Bill Dale). He also placed fifth in the 440 yards event.

The onset of World War II, however, ended his athletic career and he served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1940 until 1947, his last two years as commander of the HMCS Hunter. He later worked as coach and official, founded the Windsor Aquatics Club, and ran a construction business. He was inducted into the Athletics Ontario Hall of Fame in December 2009 as one of the inaugural 15 members, and is also a member of the Canadian Olympic, Canadian Amateur Athletic, Windsor/Essex County Sports and University of Western Ontario cross-country/track and field and swimming and diving halls of fame.

Personal Bests: 400 – 48.0ye (1938); 400H – 52.6y (1938).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Men's 400 metres Canada CAN 6
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Men's 400 metres Hurdles Canada CAN 2 Silver
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Canada CAN 4

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) L
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Canada Final 6 48.2 4
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Canada Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 48.1
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Canada Quarter-Finals Heat Three 3 QU 49.3
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Canada Round One Heat One 3 QU 49.1

Men's 400 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) L
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Canada Final 2 52.7 3
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Canada Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 53.1
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Canada Round One Heat Three 2 QU 54.3

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) ST
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Canada CAN Final 4 3:11.8 47,1
1936 Summer 20 Berlin Athletics Canada CAN Round One Heat Three 2 QU 3:15.0
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