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Gus Desch

Full name: August Georg "Gus" Desch
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 134 lbs (61 kg)
Born: December 12, 1898 in Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: November 14, 1964 in Evanston, Illinois, United States
Affiliations: Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Notre Dame, Indiana (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)


The 400m hurdles final at the 1920 Olympics proved to be a repeat of the U.S. Final Trials with [Frank Loomis], [John Norton], and [Gus Desch] finishing in the first three places, in that order, in both events. In 1921 Desch won the 220y hurdles at the NCAA and the AAU 440y hurdles in 53.4. This was the fastest time of his career and relegated John Norton into second place. A collegian at Notre Dame, Desch was also an outstanding football player. He later became a well-known football coach and authored several books about his coaching theories.

Personal Best: 440yH – 53.4 (1921).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 400 metres Hurdles United States USA 3 Bronze

Men's 400 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T MB L
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Athletics United States Final 3 54.7est 1 m. bh2 2
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 55.4
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Athletics United States Round One Heat One 1 QU 57.6
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