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Harold Osborn

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Inducted: 1974, athlete

Born: April 13, 1899 - Butler, Illinois
Deceased: April 5, 1975

High Jump - 2.03 m
Decathlon - 7711 pts.

Harold Osborn earned his place in track and field history at the 1924 Olympics when he became the only athlete to win the high jump and the decathlon in Olympic competition. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Osborn was a keep student of form who modified the western roll technique by developing an efficient side-to-the-bar clearance, which paid off in height and consistency. Osborn's career spanned 16 years and included world records in both the high jump and the decathlon. He set his high jump record of 6' 8" at a pre-Olympic meet in Urbana, Ill., in 1924. That same year, at the Olympics, he achieved his world record of 7711 points in the decathlon. He also competed in the 1928 Olympic high jump but placed fifth. Osborn tied for the 1922 national collegiate high jump title and in AAU competition won six high jump titles outright, including four indoors, and tied for another. He also won three AAU decathlon titles and overall captured 18 AAU titles in nine different events. He later became an osteopath and helped coach the University of Illinois track team.

Records Held
World Record: High Jump - 2.03 m (May 27, 1924 - )

1924 Olympics: High Jump (1st)
1924 Olympics: Decathlon - 7711 pts. (1st)
1928 Olympics: High Jump (5th)
1922 NCAA: High Jump (1st)

undergraduate: Illinois (Champaign, Illinois), 1922


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