Full name: Horatio May Fitch
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: December 16, 1900 in Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 4, 1985 in Estes Park, Colorado, United States
Affiliations: Chicago AA, Chicago (USA)
Country: United States
Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)
Horatio Fitch of the Chicago AA, and formerly of the University of Illinois, set a new Olympic record and a career best of 47.8 in the first semi-final of the 400 m at the Paris Games. He had finished second to [Coard Taylor] in the Final Trials and although Fitch soundly defeated Taylor in the Olympic final, he was beaten by [Eric Liddell] of Scotland. If you watched the movie )Chariots of Fire) closely you will remember a runner asking his coach before the start of the 400 meters if Liddell was anything to worry about. The coach told him to disregard Liddell, but it was a mistake. The character, who was not identified, would have been Horatio Fitch.
Personal Best: 400 â 47.8 (1924).
|1924 Summer||23||Paris||Athletics||Men's 400 metres||United States||USA||2||Silver|
|1924 Summer||23||Paris||Athletics||United States||Final||2||48.4||5|
|1924 Summer||23||Paris||Athletics||United States||Semi-Finals||Heat One||1||QU/OR||47.8|
|1924 Summer||23||Paris||Athletics||United States||Quarter-Finals||Heat One||1||QU||49.0|
|1924 Summer||23||Paris||Athletics||United States||Round One||Heat Fifteen||1||QU||52.0|