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Dave Wottle

Full name: David James "Dave" Wottle
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: August 7, 1950 in Canton, Ohio, United States
Affiliations: Bowling Green Falcons, Bowling Green (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

In 1970, Dave Wottle of Bowling Green placed second in the NCAA mile and, within the space of one week, brought his personal best for 880 y down from 1:51.6 to 1:47.8. He was expected to have an outstanding year in 1971, but he missed the entire season due to injury. Wottle did, however, fulfill his promise in 1972. He started by winning the NCAA indoor 880 y and then, after winning the AAU 800 m, he equalled the world record of 1:44.3 at the Final Trials. In the Olympic Final he was running last in the eight-man field with 200 m to go, but put on a devastating finish and won the gold medal by 3/100ths of a second. In 1972, Wottle also won the NCAA 1,500 m and, by placing second at the Final Trials, he qualified for a second event at the München Games. In the Olympic 1,500 m he was eliminated in the heats. His major win in 1973 was the NCAA mile and at the end of the season, Wottle, who was easily identified on the track by his habit of running in a golf cap, turned professional. He later became a track coach.

Personal Bests: 800 – 1:44.3 (1972); 1500 – 3:36.2 (1973); Mile – 3:53.3 (1973); 2 miles – 8:40.0i (1973).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Men's 800 metres United States USA 1 Gold
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 4 h1 r2/3

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics United States Final 1 1:45.86 3
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 1:48,7 2
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics United States Round One Heat Four 2 QU 1:47.64 5

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 4 3:41,6
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics United States Round One Heat One 2 QU 3:40.60