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Lon Spurrier

Full name: Lonnie Vernon "Lon" Spurrier
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Born: May 27, 1932 in Cass Township, Missouri, United States
Affiliations: Olympic Club, San Francisco (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Lon Spurrier had two great years in the 800 – 1955 and 1956. In 1955 he won a silver medal in the 800 at the Pan American Games, and ran on the gold medal winning 4×400 relay team (with John Mashburn, Jim Lea, and Lou Jones). In 1956 he ran on two world-record setting relay teams – 4×440y and 4×880y. In a dual meet in March 1955, Spurrier ran 1:47.5 for 880y to break that world record, although it was inferior to the 800 metre world record. Spurrier had placed fifth in the 1953-54 NCAA 880y.

Personal Bests: 440y – 47.2 (1955); 880y – 1:47.5 (1955); Mile – 4:08.4 (1955).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Men's 800 metres United States USA 6

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics United States Final 6 1:49.3 1:49.38
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 1:53.6 1:53.71
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics United States Round One Heat Four 2 QU 1:51.5 1:51.52