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Howard Drew

Full name: Howard Porter Drew
Gender: Male
Height: 5-7.5 (172 cm)
Weight: 143 lbs (65 kg)
Born: June 28, 1890 in Lexington, Virginia, United States
Died: February 19, 1957 in West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Affiliations: Springfield High School, Springfield (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics


The first great black sprinter, Howard Drew competed in the 1912 Olympics while still in high school. Although 22 at the time, he had not started high school until he was 21, as he was a husband and father of two by then. He later graduated from Drake University and earned a law degree, and was called to the bar in both Connecticut and Ohio. He later became an assistant clerk to the city court in Hartford. In 1913-14 he set two world records over 100 yards, including the second IAAF-ratified mark in that event. He also ran the 220 y straight in 21.2 in 1914 to equal that world record. Drew was AAU champion over 100 y in 1912-13, 220 y in 1913, and the indoor 60 champion in 1913. At the 1912 Olympics, he also competed in the baseball demonstration event.

Personal Bests: 100y – 9.6 (1914); 100 – 10.6 (1912); 200 – 21.8s (1912).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 1 h1 r2/3

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 11.0
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Athletics United States Round One Heat Fifteen 1 QU 11.0
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