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Frank Cuhel

Full name: Frank Josef Cuhel
Nickname(s): Bab
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: September 28, 1904 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Died: February 22, 1943 in Tejo River, near Lisboa, Unknown, Portugal
Affiliations: Iowa Hawkeyes, Iowa City (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


After winning the 400m hurdles at the Midwestern Olympic Trials in 53.4, Frank Cuhel finished second to [Morgan Taylor] at the Final Trials when Taylor set a new world record of 52.0. Cuhel himself ran 52.1 behind Taylor and was also inside the previous world record. Neither of the Americans could repeat this form in Amsterdam and the Olympic title went to [Lord Burghley] (GBR) in 53.4. Cuhel, a University of Iowa grad, became a newscaster for the Mutual Broadcasting System. During World War II he was being transferred to the North African war zone when his plane, the “Yankee Clipper,” crashed on 22 February 1943. His body was not found until three weeks later.

Personal Best: 400H – 52.1e (1928).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 400 metres Hurdles United States USA 2 Silver

Men's 400 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T L
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Athletics United States Final 2 53.6 1
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 53.6
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Athletics United States Round One Heat Six 1 QU 54.6
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