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John Mashburn

Full name: Jesse William "John" Mashburn
Nickname(s): J.W.
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (189 cm)
Weight: 187 lbs (85 kg)
Born: February 14, 1933 in Seminole, Oklahoma, United States
Affiliations: Oklahoma State Cowboys, Stillwater (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Jesse Mashburn of Oklahoma A&M placed fourth at the 1952 Final Trials and went to Helsinki as a member of the relay squad. He did not, however, compete in the Olympics because the U.S. brought hurdler [Charlie Moore] onto the relay team in a vain effort to counter the talented Jamaican foursome. In 1956, Mashburn again placed fourth at the Final Trials, but this time he got a chance to show his paces on the relay team and came back from Melbourne with a gold medal. Mashburn also won the NCAA one-lap title in 1955 and 1956, and his best performance was a 46.2 clocking for 440 y. At the 1955 Pan American Games he ran on the gold medal winning 4x400 relay team (with [Lon Spurrier], [Jim Lea], and [Lou Jones]) and won a bronze medal in the 400 metres. He later became a real estate broker in Oklahoma.

Personal Bests: 200 – 20.9y (1955); 400 – 45.9y (1956).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) ST
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics United States USA Final 1 3:04.8 3:04.81 46,4
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics United States USA Round One Heat One 2 QU 3:10.6 3:10.60
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