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Butch Reynolds

Full name: Harry Lee "Butch" Reynolds, Jr.
Gender: Male
Height: 6-3.5 (193 cm)
Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
Born: June 8, 1964 in Akron, Ohio, United States
Affiliations: Athletics West/Foot Locker Athletic Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Butch Reynolds was a 400 metre runner who ran at the 1988 and 1996 Olympics, winning a silver medal in the 400 in 1988 and a gold medal that year in the 4x400 relay. Reynolds was a three-time gold medalist in the 4x4 at the World Championships, helping US teams win in 1987, 1993, and 1995. He also won silver medals in the 400 at the Worlds in 1993 and 1995 and a bronze in 1987, and added a gold medal in the 400 at the 1993 World Indoor Championships.

In August 1988 Reynolds ran 400 metres in 43.29 for a world record, finally bettering [Lee Evans]’ famed 400 world record from the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. In 1990 he was suspended for alleged drug use by the IAAF and fought that in courts for almost two years, with the battle going to the US Supreme Court, who declared him eligible to compete at the 1992 Olympic Trials. He made the relay team for the 1992 Olympics but the IAAF would not allow him to run at the Olympics. He later won a libel suit against the IAAF in US courts, but the IAAF refused to recognize that verdict and it was eventually overturned on appeal.

Reynolds attended The Ohio State University, where he was NCAA Champion in the 400 in 1987. He went into coaching, serving as the speed coach for the Buckeyes football team, and then became a sprint coach at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus. Reynolds was elected to the US Track & Field Hall of Fame in 2016.

Personal Best: 400 – 43.29 (1988).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Men's 400 metres United States USA 2 Silver
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Athletics Men's 400 metres United States USA AC h1 r3/4

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L RT
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics United States Final 2 43.93 3
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 44.33 6
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 44.46 1
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 3 QU 46.28 3
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One AC DNF 1 0,198
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 45.21 5 0,227
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Athletics United States Round One Heat Six 1 QU 45.42 7 0,257

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) ST
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics United States USA Final 1 =WR 2:56.16 43,94
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