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Rod Milburn

Full name: Rodney "Rod" Milburn, Jr.
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 174 lbs (79 kg)
Born: May 18, 1950 in Opelousas, Louisiana, United States
Died: November 11, 1997 in Port Hudson, Louisiana, United States
Affiliations: Southern University, Baton Rouge (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


After winning 27 consecutive high hurdles finals, Rod Milburn of Southern University and the [Baton Rouge TC] came unstuck at the 1972 Final Trials when, after hitting the seventh and 10th hurdles, he finished in third place. He quickly made amends by taking the Olympic title with a new world record of 13.24 (fully automatic timing), and then ran up a further streak of 31 victories until he lost to [Leon Coleman] over 50 m in a pro race in April 1975. Milburn won the AAU and the NCAA title twice and was the Pan American Games champion in 1971. At the 1971 Pan Am Games he was also on the 4×100 metres relay team (with the non-Olympians Willie Deckard, Marshall Dill, and Ronald Draper) which won bronze. Indoors, Milburn won the AAU twice and set numerous records at varying distances. In winning the 1971 outdoor AAU he became the first man to officially run 13 seconds flat for the 120y hurdles. Milburn died after being overcome by sodium chlorate fumes while working at a paper plant.

Personal Best\: 110H – 13.24 (1972).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles United States USA 1 Gold WR

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics United States Final 1 WR 13.24 5
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 13.44 7
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 1 QU 13.57 4
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