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Frank Wykoff

Full name: Frank Clifford Wykoff
Nickname(s): The Glendale Greyhound
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: October 29, 1909 in Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Died: January 1, 1980 in Altadena, California, United States
Affiliations: LAAC, Los Angeles (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 3 Gold (3 Total)

Biography

Frank Wykoff is the only man to have won three Olympic relay gold medals, all of them in world-record efforts. Wykoff first astounded the track world as an 18-year-old at Glendale High School when he beat the great Charlie Paddock in both sprints at the Southwest Olympic Trials. He went on to make the Olympic team for Amsterdam, where he won the first of his gold medals. His 200m victory over Paddock at the Southwest Trials was Wykoff’s only major win at this distance, although his time of 20.8 showed his potential in the longer sprint. Wykoff wisely chose to concentrate on the 100y/100m and in 1930 he ran the first official 9.4 for 100 yards. While at Southern Cal, he won three IC4A, two NCAA, and two AAU dash titles. After graduation he served as director of special schools for Los Angeles County for many years.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.4 (1932); 200 – 20.8s (1931).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 18 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 4
1928 Summer 18 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold
1932 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR
1936 Summer 26 Berlin Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 4
1936 Summer 26 Berlin Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T L T(H)
1928 Summer 18 Amsterdam Athletics United States Final 4 11.0 6
1928 Summer 18 Amsterdam Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 10.7
1928 Summer 18 Amsterdam Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Five 1 QU 10.8
1928 Summer 18 Amsterdam Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 1 QU 11.0
1936 Summer 26 Berlin Athletics United States Final 4 5 10.6w
1936 Summer 26 Berlin Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 10.5
1936 Summer 26 Berlin Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat One 3 QU 10.6
1936 Summer 26 Berlin Athletics United States Round One Heat Nine 1 QU 10.6

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T L T(H) T(A)
1928 Summer 18 Amsterdam Athletics United States USA Final 1 =WR 41.0 1
1928 Summer 18 Amsterdam Athletics United States USA Round One Heat Three 1 QU 41.2
1932 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States USA Final 1 WR 1 40.0 40.10
1932 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States USA Round One Heat Two 1 QU/WR 40.6 40.61
1936 Summer 26 Berlin Athletics United States USA Final 1 WR 4 39.8
1936 Summer 26 Berlin Athletics United States USA Round One Heat One 1 QU/=WR 40.0
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