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Dave Bolen

Full name: David Benjamin "Dave" Bolen
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: December 23, 1923 in Heflin, Louisiana, United States
Affiliations: Colorado Buffaloes, Boulder (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics


Dave Bolen started in sports as a basketball player at Louisiana Normal High School, but was soon recruited to the track team when his speed was evident. He first attended Southern University, but dropped out to enlist in the Army in 1943, serving in World War II and being discharged in 1946. He then enrolled at the University of Colorado. At Colorado he was runner-up in the 440 yards to Jamaican star [Herb McKenley] in both 1946 and 1947. Bole won the AAU indoor 600 yard champion in 1948-49. Outdoors, his best finish at the AAU meet was second in the 400 in 1947. Bolen’s career was in foreign relations and he went on to become ambassador to Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland in 1974 and the German Democratic Republic in 1977. In September 2000, Bolen was inducted into the University of Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame.

Personal Bests: 440y – 46.7 (1947); 400H – 53.0 (1948).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 24 London Athletics Men's 400 metres United States USA 4

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) ATM L T(A 1/10)
1948 Summer 24 London Athletics United States Final 4 47.2 at 0.90 1
1948 Summer 24 London Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 47.9 at 0.67
1948 Summer 24 London Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 48.0 48.1
1948 Summer 24 London Athletics United States Round One Heat Six 1 QU 50.1 50.2
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