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Bob Mathias

Full name: Robert Bruce "Bob" Mathias
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2.5 (190 cm)
Weight: 203 lbs (92 kg)
Born: November 17, 1930 in Tulare, California, United States
Died: September 2, 2006 in Fresno, California, United States
Affiliations: Olympic Club, San Francisco (USA) / Stanford Cardinal, Stanford (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

American decathlete Bob Mathias was the first of only two men (with Daley Thompson) to win successive Olympic decathlon titles. His first gold medal came in 1948 when, as a 17-year-old, he became the youngest-ever winner of an Olympic track & field event. He set his third world record in defending his title in 1952 but the following year he forfeited his amateur status by starring in a film of his life. He won four AAU titles, 1948-50, and 1952. Although then a professional, he was, as a Marine officer, eligible to compete in the 1956 Inter-Services championships when he won his 11th and final decathlon competition to maintain his unbeaten record in the event. He was also an outstanding running back on the Stanford football team and in 1952 became the only man to compete in the Olympics and the Rose Bowl in the same year. Mathias had a brief movie career and among the films he made was his life story. He later became a congressman representing California's 18th District, serving in the 91st, 92nd, and 93rd Congresses. As a congressman he served on the Agriculture Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee, and as a delegate to the House NATO Conferences. In 1973, he introduced legislation to amend the U.S. Olympic Charter that effectively created a Bill of Rights for amateur athletes.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.8 (1952); 400 – 50.2 (1952); 110H – 13.8 (1952); HJ – 6-2¾ (1.90) (1952); PV – 13-1½ (4.00) (1952); LJ – 23-5½ (7.15) (1952); SP – 51-11 (15.82) (1953); DT – 173-4 (52.83) (1951); JT – 204-1 (62.20) (1952); Dec – 7592 (1952).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 17 London Athletics Men's Decathlon United States USA 1 Gold
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics Men's Decathlon United States USA 1 Gold WR

Men's Decathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank P(1934T) P(1985T) T D H P(1952T) P(1985AT) P(1985HT) T(H) T(A)
1948 Summer 17 London Athletics United States Final Standings 1 7,139 6.628
1948 Summer 17 London Athletics United States 100 metres 3T 787 765 11.2
1948 Summer 17 London Athletics United States 100 metres Heat Four 2 11.2
1948 Summer 17 London Athletics United States Long jump 13 703 723 6.615
1948 Summer 17 London Athletics United States Shot put 5 719 670 13.04
1948 Summer 17 London Athletics United States High jump 1T 859 679 1.86
1948 Summer 17 London Athletics United States 400 metres 4 780 732 51.7
1948 Summer 17 London Athletics United States 400 metres Heat Eight 1 51.7
1948 Summer 17 London Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles 4 818 740 15.7
1948 Summer 17 London Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles Heat Seven 1 15.7
1948 Summer 17 London Athletics United States Discus throw 1 834 746 44.00
1948 Summer 17 London Athletics United States Pole vault 2T 692 482 3.50
1948 Summer 17 London Athletics United States Javelin throw 11 593 593 50.32
1948 Summer 17 London Athletics United States 1,500 metres 24 354 498 5:11.0
1948 Summer 17 London Athletics United States 1,500 metres Heat Six 2 5:11.0
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Standings 1 WR 7,887 7.580 7.589
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics United States 100 metres 2 948 843 830 10.9 11.08
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics United States 100 metres Heat Eight 1 948 843 830 10.9 11.08
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics United States Long jump 6 809 6.98 779
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics United States Shot put 1 808 15.30 912
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics United States High jump 3 714 1.90 900
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics United States 400 metres 1 828 797 799 50.2 50.38
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics United States 400 metres Heat One 1 828 797 799 50.2 50.38
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles 2 894 857 14.7 14.91
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles Heat Seven 1 894 857 14.7 14.91
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics United States Discus throw 1 OB 806 46.89 838
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics United States Pole vault 3 617 4.00 745
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics United States Javelin throw 1 726 59.21 715
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics United States 1,500 metres 8 328 612 614 4:50.8 4:51.11
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Athletics United States 1,500 metres Heat Three 4 328 612 614 4:50.8 4:51.11
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