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Bob McMillen

Full name: Robert Earl "Bob" McMillen
Gender: Male
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: March 5, 1928 in Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: April 1, 2007
Affiliations: LAAC, Los Angeles (USA) / San Jose State Spartans, San Jose (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

After falling three times in the heats of the 1948 Olympic steeplechase, Bob McMillen wisely gave up the event and turned his attentions to miling. He won the NCAA 1,500 m for Occidental in 1952 and, after winning the Final Trials, his devastating finishing burst narrowly failed to net him the Olympic gold. McMillen’s time of 3:45.2 in Helsinki was a new U.S. record and he had a best time for the mile of 4:07.8, which he clocked in finishing second to Jim Newcomb at the 1950 Southern Pacific AAU meet. In the 1955 Pan American Games 1500 metres McMillen finished fourth.

Personal Bests: 1500 – 3:45.2 (1952); 3000S – 9:18.7 (1948).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 20 London Athletics Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase United States USA 8 h1 r1/2
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Athletics Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 2 Silver

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Athletics United States Final 2 =OR 3:45.2 3:45.39
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 4 QU 3:50.6 3:50.84
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Athletics United States Round One Heat Four 2 QU 3:55.8 3:55.82

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1948 Summer 20 London Athletics United States Round One Heat One 8