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Danny Harris

Full name: Daniel Lee "Danny" Harris
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
Born: September 7, 1965 in Torrance, California, United States
Affiliations: Cyclone Track Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


Danny Harris was a phenom who won a silver medal in the 400 metre hurdles at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics when he was only 18-years-old, trailing only legendary hurdler [Edwin Moses]. So much was expected of him and he backed this up with another silver at the 1987 World Championships. He is perhaps best known for a race in Madrid in 1987 when he defeated Moses, ending his 10-year winning streak of 122 races.

Harris ran in college at Iowa State University where his coach, Steve Lynn, urged him on to greatness. Harris won three NCAA titles in the 400 hurdles and four consecutive titles at the Drake Relays, and was never beaten in college by a collegiate runner in the intermediates. He was US Champion in 1986 and 1991. Harris was world ranked in the top 10 ten times between 1984-95, ranking #1 in 1990.

Harris was expected to win further Olympic medals, and possibly titles, but ran afoul of drug use. He got into cocaine, and ended up in treatment facilities, and rehab centers. He eventually straightened out his life, and later returned to school to earn his college degree, but he was past his athletic prime. Harris is a member of the Drake Relays Hall of Fame, the Iowa State University Hall of Fame, and the Iowa Sports Hall of Fame.

Personal Best: 400H – 47.38 (1991).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 18 Los Angeles 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(A) RT L
1984 Summer 18 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final 2 48.13 0,210 4
1984 Summer 18 Los Angeles Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 48.92 1
1984 Summer 18 Los Angeles Athletics United States Round One Heat Six 1 QU 49.81 5
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