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Bill Toomey

Full name: William Anthony "Bill" Toomey
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1.5 (187 cm)
Weight: 192 lbs (87 kg)
Born: January 10, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Affiliations: Southern California Striders, Anaheim (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Husband (divorced) of Mary Bignal-Rand.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

After graduating from the University of Colorado in 1962, Bill Toomey obtained a master's degree in education from Stanford. Although he was a promising all-round athlete while at Colorado, his performances there did not presage his future greatness. He won the first of his four AAU pentathlon titles in 1960 and turned to the decathlon in 1963, placing fifth in the AAU. In 1964 he took fourth place at the Final Trials, only missing the Tokyo team by 109 points. Toomey's first major victory came in 1965 when he won the first of his record number of five AAU titles and in 1966 he set a world record of 8,234 points, although the mark was not ratified. In 1967 he was the Pan American Games champion and in 1968 he took the Olympic title after setting a record first day score of 4,499 points, which included a 45.6 400 m. The following year, Toomey set an official world record of 8,417 points and one week later he married Mary Rand, Britain's 1964 Olympic long jump champion (they later divorced). After a successful career as a television broadcaster and marketing consultant, Bill Toomey replaced Bo Roberson as coach at Cal/Irvine.

Personal Bests\: 100 – 10.3 (1966); 200 – 21.2 (1966); 400 – 45.6 (1968); 1500 – 4:12.7 (1964); 110H – 14.2 (1969); 400H – 5.17 (1961); HJ – 6-6¾ (2.00) (1969); PV – 14-0¼ (4.27) (1969); LJ – 26-0¼ (7.93) (1969); SP – 47-2¼ (14.38) (1969); DT – 154-2 (46.99) 1969); JT – 225-8 (68.78) (1969); Dec – 8309 (1969).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's Decathlon United States USA 1 Gold OR

Men's Decathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank P(1962HT) P(1985HT) P(1985AT) T(H) T(A) D P(1962T) P(1985T) H T
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Standings 1 OR 8.193 8.064 8.144
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics United States 100 metres 1 OB 959 942 996 10.4 10.41
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics United States 100 metres Heat Three 1 OB 959 942 996 10.4 10.41
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Long jump 1 OB 7.87 994 1.027
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Shot put 18 13.75 712 713
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics United States High jump 6T 813 758 1.95
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics United States 400 metres 1 OB 1.021 1.021 1.025 45.6 45.68
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics United States 400 metres Heat Five 1 OB 1.021 1.021 1.025 45.6 45.68
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles 8T 859 833 856 14.9 14.95
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles Heat One 2 859 833 856 14.9 14.95
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Discus throw 9 43.68 757 740
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Pole vault 9T 859 673 4.20
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Javelin throw 5 62.80 795 780
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics United States 1,500 metres 6 4:57.18 424 4:57.1
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics United States 1,500 metres Heat Four 1 4:57.18 424 4:57.1
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