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Bill Miller

Full name: William Preston "Bill" Miller
Gender: Male
Height: 5'10" (179 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
Born: February 22, 1930 in Lawnside, New Jersey, United States
Affiliations: US Marine Corps, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Although Bill Miller beat Cy Young three times in pre-Olympic meets, it was Young who took the gold medal in Helsinki, but with Miller placing second, this was the best showing ever by the U.S. in Olympic javelin competition. Miller, an Annapolis grad, won the AAU in 1952 and in 1954 a technicality denied him the opportunity of becoming the only black athlete ever to hold the world javelin record. He had a mark of 266-8½ (81.29) but the throw was made with a javelin which had been broken and in repairing the implement the center of gravity had been moved out of the specified limits. After retiring from track, Miller spent a number of years in the Far East as coach to various national teams.

Personal Bests: HJ – 6-8 (2.02) (1952); JT – 266-8½ (81.29) (1954).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Men's Javelin Throw United States USA 2 Silver

Men's Javelin Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round 2 72.46
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round Round One 1 72.46
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 2 71.65 72.46
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 2 63.95 72.46
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 2 65.41 72.46
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 2 66.97 72.46
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP 70.45
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics United States Qualifying Round 13 QU 64.81
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 5 64.81
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round 1 3 64.81
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round 2 4 64.81 pass
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round 3 DNS pass
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