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Pat Porter

Full name: Patrick Ralph "Pat" Porter
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: May 31, 1959 in Wadena, Minnesota, United States
Died: July 27, 2012 in Sedona, Arizona, United States
Affiliations: Athletics West, Eugene (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Husband of Trish King.

Biography

Pat Porter ran in two Olympic Games in the 10,000 metres but his best event was no longer on the Olympic program. Porter is possibly America's greatest ever cross-country runner, winning the US Championship in cross-country eight times, and representing the United States at the International Cross-Country Championship a like number of times, where he had five top 10s, with a best finish of fourth in 1984. His best international track performance was a second in the 10K at the 1985 World Cup.

He was married to Trish King, a 1988 Olympic high jumper. Pat Porter was inducted into the Adams State University Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Hall of Fame in 2012. He died fairly young in a plane crash.

Personal Bests: 2 miles – 8:43.2i (1983); 5000 – 13:34.98 (1985); 10000 – 27:46.80 (1988).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 10,000 metres United States USA 15
1988 Summer 29 Seoul Athletics Men's 10,000 metres United States USA 11 h2 r1/2

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final 15 28:34.59
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 7 QC 28:19.94
1988 Summer 29 Seoul Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 11 28:45.04