Full name: Ronald Owen "Ron" Laird
Height: 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: May 31, 1938 in Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Affiliations: NYAC, New York (USA)
Country: United States
Ron Laird has won more national championships in track & field than any American athlete, with 65 different championships in various walking events, ranging in distance from 1 mile to 50 km (31.1 miles). In addition to his four Olympic appearances, Laird was fourth at the 1963 Pan American Games and won gold at the 1967 Pan American Games in the 20 km walk, and finished third in the 1967 and 1973 World Cup 20 km walk. His national titles, all AAU championships, occurred between 1958 and 1976. He set 81 American records at distances from 1 km to 40 km.
Personal Bests: 20kmW â 1-28:18 (1967); 50kmW â 4-29:39 (1968).
|1960 Summer||22||Roma||Athletics||Men's 50 kilometres Walk||United States||USA||19|
|1964 Summer||26||Tokyo||Athletics||Men's 20 kilometres Walk||United States||USA||AC||DQ|
|1968 Summer||30||Ciudad de MÃ©xico||Athletics||Men's 20 kilometres Walk||United States||USA||25|
|1976 Summer||38||MontrÃ©al||Athletics||Men's 20 kilometres Walk||United States||USA||20|
|1964 Summer||26||Tokyo||Athletics||United States||Final Standings||AC||DQ|
|1968 Summer||30||Ciudad de MÃ©xico||Athletics||United States||Final Standings||25||1-44:38|
|1976 Summer||38||MontrÃ©al||Athletics||United States||Final Standings||20||1-33:27.6|
|1960 Summer||22||Roma||Athletics||United States||Final Standings||19||4-53:21.6|