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John Barnes

Full name: John Baird Barnes
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Born: October 12, 1929 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Died: August 25, 2004 in Suffolk, Virginia, United States
Affiliations: Occidental Tigers, Los Angeles (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics


John Barnes ran for Occidental College and won the 800 at the 1951-52 NCAA Championships. He finished second in the 1952 Olympic Trials but failed to make the Olympic final. In 1952 he ran on a world-record setting 4×880 relay team (with [Bill Ashenfelter], [Reggie Pearman], and [Mal Whitfield]) at the USA vs. British Empire meet in London. He later coached high school track & field from 1962 thru 1992, and also taught government at local colleges. He was a Civil War buff and collected antiques related to the Civil War.

Personal Bests: 440y – 48.1 (1951); 800 – 1:49.6 (1952); Mile – 4:19.0 (1950).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Men's 800 metres United States USA 4 h2 r2/3

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 4 1:53.4 1:53.54
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 2 QU 1:54.5
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