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Willie May

Full name: William Lee "Willie" May
Gender: Male
Height: 6-3.5 (192 cm)
Weight: 196 lbs (89 kg)
Born: November 11, 1936 in Knoxville, Alabama, United States
Died: March 28, 2012
Affiliations: UCTC, Chicago (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


As a senior at Indiana, Willie May placed second to [Lee Calhoun] at the 1960 Final Trials and it was Calhoun who again defeated May in the Olympic final. At the 1963 Pan American Games he also won silver, this time behind [Blaine Lindgren]. Although May never won a major title, he had an impressive record of fast clockings with a career best of 13.4. At the NCAAs, he placed third in 1958 and second in 1959 in the high hurdles, and at the AAU Championships, he was third in 1960, fourth in 1959, and sixth in 1958. May was world-ranked in the top 10 from 1958-60 and 1963, with a best ranking of second in 1960.

May later became a high school track coach and physical education teacher, and later athletic director (1983-99) at Evanston Township High School (Illinois). He was a member of the Indiana University Athletic Hall of Fame (2000), the Illinois Track & Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2007) and the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame (2010).

Personal Best: 110H – 13.4 (1960).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles United States USA 2 Silver

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics United States Final 2 13.8 13.99 1
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 13.7 13.87
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 13.8 13.92
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 1 QU 14.0 14.16
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