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Frank Shorter

Full name: Frank Charles Shorter
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 134 lbs (61 kg)
Born: October 31, 1947 in Munich, Bayern, Germany
Affiliations: FTC, Gainesville (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Frank Shorter is the only U.S. athlete to have won two Olympic medals in the marathon. He started as a long distance track runner, winning the NCAA six miles for Yale in 1969. Shorter went on to win five AAU titles at six miles/10,000 m; he also won the AAU outdoor three miles in 1970 and the indoor title in 1971. He won the 1971 Pan American Games 10,000 m event and, at the 1972 Olympics, he set a U.S. record in the 10,000 m heats, which he further improved by taking fifth place in the final. At the 1979 Pan American Games he won bronze in the 10,000 m. Despite these track successes, Frank Shorter will be best remembered as a marathon runner. He made his marathon début when he placed second to Kenny Moore in the 1971 AAU Championships. In his second race he won the PanAm Games title, and he rounded off his first season as a road runner with the first of his record number of four victories in the Fukuoka Marathon. In winning this Japanese classic for the second time in 1972, Shorter set his career best of 2-10:30. Shorter is often described as being responsible for the late 70s running boom in the United States. He became highly visible as a television announcer and commercial spokesman, and started his own chain of running stores, based in Colorado, which markets his own brand of running apparel.

Personal Bests: Mile – 4:02.6 (1974); 2 miles – 8:26.2i (1971); 5000 – 13:26.6 (1977); 10000 – 27:45.91 (1975); Mar – 2-10:30 (1972).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 24 München Athletics Men's 10,000 metres United States USA 5
1972 Summer 24 München Athletics Men's Marathon United States USA 1 Gold
1976 Summer 28 Montréal Athletics Men's Marathon United States USA 2 Silver

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
1972 Summer 24 München Athletics United States Final 5 27:51.32
1972 Summer 24 München Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 3 QU 27:58.23

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1972 Summer 24 München Athletics United States Final Standings 1 2-12:19.8
1976 Summer 28 Montréal Athletics United States Final Standings 2 2-10:45.8
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