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Harold Smallwood

Full name: Robert Harold Smallwood
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight: 174 lbs (79 kg)
Born: March 24, 1915 in San Luis Obispo, California, United States
Died: April 20, 1985 in Oxnard, California, United States
Affiliations: USC Trojans, Los Angeles (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics


In 1936 Harold Smallwood won the AAU 400 and was placed third in the NCAAs, competing for Southern Cal, after he had started at Ventura Junior College. He was second at the 1936 US Olympic Trials, but was lucky to be able to run in Berlin. On the boat to Olympics he came down with an attack of appendicitis, but still competed, and then had surgery in Berlin after his competition. He developed complications from the surgery and in February 1937 was close to death with pleurisy, but was able to recover.

Smallwood captained the track team at Southern Cal in 1937-38. He later did some minor work as a film extra and stuntman.

Personal Best: 400 – 46.4 (1936).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 21 Berlin Athletics Men's 400 metres United States USA 1 h4 r1/4

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H)
1936 Summer 21 Berlin Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat One 2 QU 48.6
1936 Summer 21 Berlin Athletics United States Round One Heat Four 1 QU 49.0
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