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Bill Porter

Full name: William Franklin "Bill" Porter, III
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2.5 (190 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: March 24, 1926 in Jackson, Michigan, United States
Died: March 10, 2000 in Irvine, California, United States
Affiliations: Northwestern Wildcats, Evanston (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Bill Porter was enrolled at Western Michigan from July 1944 thru November 1945, when he transferred to Northwestern. At Northwestern, Porter made steady rather than spectacular progress and, after finishing second to [Harrison Dillard] in the 1947 NCAA high hurdles, he beat Dillard at the AAU and the Final Trials in 1948 and crowned a great season by taking the Olympic title with a new Games record of 13.9. Porter was also an accomplished low hurdler, having beaten Dillard in 22.7 in 1947 and, when Dillard won the 1947 NCAA championship with a new world record of 22.3, Porter, in second place, equalled the former record of 22.5.

Personal Best: 110H – 13.90 (1948).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 22 London Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles United States USA 1 Gold OR

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A 1/10) L
1948 Summer 22 London Athletics United States Final 1 OR 13.9 14.2 2
1948 Summer 22 London Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU/OR 14.1 14.2
1948 Summer 22 London Athletics United States Round One Heat One 1 QU 14.3 14.5
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