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Whitey Michelsen

Full name: Albert Richard "Whitey" Michelsen
Gender: Male
Height: 5'8" (172 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: December 16, 1893 in Danbury, Connecticut, United States
Died: July 7, 1964 in St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
Affiliations: Millrose AA, New York (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Biography

In October 1925 Whitey Michelsen won the Port Chester Marathon in 2-29:01.8, making him the first man to run the actual marathon distance under 2½ hours. Michelson won the AAU 15 miles title in 1925. He never won the Boston Marathon but finished fourth there four times – 1923, 1925, 1929, and 1932. He made the 1928 Olympic team by placing second at the New York to Long Beach (NJ) race in May and third in the Baltimore marathon in June. In 1932, he qualified for the Olympics by placing fourth at Boston, finishing second in the Cambridge-Salisbury (MD) marathon in May, and winning the Los Angeles Marathon in June.

Personal Best: Mar – 2-28:27 (1923).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 34 Amsterdam Athletics Men's Marathon United States USA 9
1932 Summer 38 Los Angeles Athletics Men's Marathon United States USA 7

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Summer 34 Amsterdam Athletics United States Final Standings 9 2-38:56
1932 Summer 38 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Standings 7 2-39:38