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Glenn Morris

Full name: Glenn Edward Morris
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (188 cm)
Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
Born: June 18, 1912 in Simla, Colorado, United States
Died: January 31, 1974 in Palo Alto, California, United States
Affiliations: Denver Athletic Club, Denver (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

After graduating from Colorado State in 1934, Glenn Morris stayed on at Fort Collins and worked as a part-time assistant to football coach, Harry Hughes. This gave Morris the time and facilities to develop his talents as a decathlete and in April 1936 he broke the U.S. record in his first ever decathlon competition at the Kansas Relays. Two months later, he won the Final Trials with a new world record (7,875) and in his third and final competition, Morris won the Olympic title, again with a new world record (7,900), after he had trailed teammate Bob Clark by two points after the first day. In October 1936 Morris signed a contract with NBC as a radio announcer and in 1938 he had a brief career in movies, playing in three films, including the title role in "Tarzan’s Revenge." He had a similarly brief career as a pro footballer with the Detroit Lions in 1940 and after being seriously wounded while serving as a naval officer in the Pacific he found employment difficult to come by. Sadly for a man who had been a nationwide celebrity after his Olympic victory, he died in poor circumstances in Palo Alto, California. In 2011 Colorado State honored him by re-naming the South College Field House the Glenn Morris Field House.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.6 (1936); 400 – 49.4 (1936); 110H – 14.6 (1936); 400H – 544 (1934); LJ – 22-10½ (6.97) (1936); SP – 47-5 (14.45) (1936); DT – 141-5 (43.10) (1936); JT – 183-11 (56.06) (1936); Dec – 7254 (1936).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics Men's Decathlon United States USA 1 Gold WR

Men's Decathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank P(1934T) P(1985T) T D H
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics United States Final Standings 1 WR 7,900 7.254
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics United States 100 metres 2 814 786 11.1
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics United States 100 metres Heat Nine 1 814 786 11.1
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics United States Long jump 5 796 807 6.97
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics United States Long jump Round One NP 6.63
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics United States Long jump Round Two NP 6.83
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics United States Long jump Round Three NP 6.97
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics United States Shot put 1 826 734 14.10
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics United States Shot put Round One NP 13.59
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics United States Shot put Round Two NP 14.10
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics United States Shot put Round Three NP 13.35
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics United States High jump 2T 846 670 1.85
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics United States 400 metres 1 910 836 49.4
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics United States 400 metres Heat Five 1 910 836 49.4
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles 1 OB 946 833 14.9
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles Heat Eight 1 946 833 14.9
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics United States Discus throw 1 803 726 43.02
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics United States Discus throw Round One NP 39.27
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics United States Discus throw Round Two NP 43.02
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics United States Discus throw Round Three NP 37.87
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics United States Pole vault 12T 692 482 3.50
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics United States Javelin throw 9 672 656 54.52
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics United States 1,500 metres 2 595 724 4:33.2
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics United States 1,500 metres Heat Three 1 595 724 4:33.2
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