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Norm Taber

Full name: Norman Stephen "Norm" Taber
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (174 cm)
Weight: 115 lbs (52 kg)
Born: September 3, 1891 in Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Died: July 15, 1952 in Orange, New Jersey, United States
Affiliations: Brown Bears, Providence (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)


Although better known as a miler, Norman Taber won his Olympic gold medal in the 3,000 m team race in which he individually placed third. He finished third in the 1910 IC4A mile for Brown and, after giving track a miss in 1911, his early season form in 1912 augured well for his Olympic chances. One week after dead-heating with John Paul Jones for the 1911 IC4A mile title, Taber pushed [Abel Kiviat] to a world 1,500 m record at the Final Trials and, with an estimated 3:56.4, Taber was himself inside the old record. In the Olympic 1,500 m the U.S. provided seven of the 14 finalists, but none of them could match the home stretch drive of [Arnold Jackson] of Britain and Taber lost second place to Kiviat in a photo-finish. At the end of 1913, Taber went to Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, but failed to make any impact on the sport in Britain. He was, however, on the Oxford team for the 4×one-mile relay at the 1914 Penn Relays where he ran a disastrous leg, having been up the previous night getting engaged. Taber's final year in track was 1915 and in a paced trial at Harvard he ran the 1,500 m in 3:55.0 and went on to reach the mile in 4:12.6. Both times were world records and his mile time beat Walter George's record of 4:12¾, which had been set five years before Taber was born. Despite objections to his use of pacemakers in the race, the IAAF ratified the time as the official mile record. After graduation, Taber established himself as an expert on municipal finance and he formed his own company which specialized in this field. He later became a Life Trustee of Brown University.

Personal Bests: 880y – 1:55.6 (1913); 1500 – 3:55.0 (1915); Mile – 4:12.6 (1915); 3000 – unknown.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 3 Bronze
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Men's 3,000 metres, Team United States USA 1 Gold

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics United States Final 3 3:56.9
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 1 QU 4:25.5

Men's 3,000 metres, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP T ST
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics United States USA Final Standings 1 9 3 8:45.2
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics United States USA Final 1 9 3 8:45.2
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics United States USA Round One Heat One 1 QU 9 4 8:51.1
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