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Gordon McKenzie

Full name: Gordon Edmund McKenzie
Gender: Male
Height: 5-7.5 (172 cm)
Weight: 134 lbs (61 kg)
Born: June 26, 1927 in Fort Totten, New York, United States
Died: July 19, 2013 in Manhasset, New York, United States
Affiliations: New York Pioneer Club, New York (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

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Gordon McKenzie was AAU cross-country champion in 1954. He made the 1960 Olympic marathon team by placing second that year at both the Boston Marathon and the AAU marathon. He also placed fourth at Boston in 1961. In the 1955 Pan American Games he finished fourth in the 5000 m and in the 1963 Pan American Games he won a silver medal in the marathon. McKenzie never won a national title on the track but had seven podium finishes at the AAU Championships, as follows\: 5K - 2nd in 1953-55, 3rd in 1956; 10K - 2nd in 1955 and 1958, 3rd in 1956. He ran for New York University (NYU) and the New York Pioneer Club. McKenzie was married to the former Christina Slemon, a British middle distance runner who in 1958 became the first US AAU Champion in the 440 yards, and who, in 1953, had been part of a British world-record setting team in the 3x880 yard relay. Gordon McKenzie's career was as a civil engineer with the city of New York, after studying engineering at NYU.

Personal Bests\: Mile – 4:12.9i (1954); 2 miles – 8:58.8i (1955); 3 miles – 14:02.9 (1955); 10000 – 30:34.4 (1956); Mar – 2-22:18 (1960).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Athletics Men's 10,000 metres United States USA 18
1960 Summer 33 Roma Athletics Men's Marathon United States USA 48

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H)
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Standings 18 30:34.4

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1960 Summer 33 Roma Athletics United States Final Standings 48 2-35:16.0
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