Full name: Robert Earl "Bob" McMillen
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: United States
Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)
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).
|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|
|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|