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Jim Lea

Full name: James Gilbert "Jim" Lea, Jr.
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: November 6, 1932 in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Died: March 27, 2010 in San José, California, United States
Affiliations: US Air Force, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics


In 1956 at the Modesto Relays, Jim Lea ran 440 y in 45.8 to break the world record for the Imperial distance. He was AAU champion in the one-lap race in 1954 and won the NCAA title in 1953-54 for Southern Cal. At the 1955 Pan American Games, he won a silver medal in the 400 and ran on the gold-medal winning 4×400 relay team (with [John Mashburn], [Lon Spurrier], and [Lou Jones]). After college he represented the [Southern Cal Striders], and served with the US Air Force. He later attended law school at [Santa Clara University], and coached a track team at the school during that time. He practiced law in Sunnyvale, California and taught real estate law at West Valley College in Saratoga. Lea also served on the Sunnyvale Parks and Recreation Board and was a member of the Santa Clara County Republican Central Committee.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.6 (1954); 200 – 21.1 (1960); 220y – 20.6s (1956); 400 – 45.6 (1955); 440y – 45.8 (1956).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Men's 400 metres United States USA 5 h3 r2/4

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Three 5 48.1 48.33
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 3 QU 48.3 48.41
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