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Frank Wykoff

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Inducted: 1977, athlete

Born: October 29, 1909 - Des Moines, Iowa
Deceased: January 1, 1980

100 yd. - 9.40

An outstanding sprinter while at Glendale High School in California, Frank Wykoff took his place in track and field history by becoming the first man to win three Olympic relay gold medals, all in world-record time. Although only 19, Wykoff made his first Olympic team in 1928, winning the gold medal in the 4x100m relay after placing fourth in the open 100. He enrolled at the University of Southern California where he came under the tutelage of Hall of Fame coach Dean Cromwell. In 1930, Wykoff ran the first official 9.4 for 100 yards. He also won the national collegiate 100-yard dash titles in 1930 and 1931 and was a two-time National AAU champion in 1928 and 1932. He made the 1932 Olympic team on the 4x100m relay and again earned a gold medal in that event. Four years later, Wykoff was fourth in the 100 meters and ran the anchor leg on the world-record-setting 4x100m team that included Hall of Famers Jesse Owens and Ralph Metcalfe. Wykoff later worked for the Los Angeles school system for many years. He was elected to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1984.

Records Held
World Record: 100 yd. - 9.40 (June 7, 1930 - )

1928 Olympics: 100 m (4th)
1928 Olympics: 400 m relay (1st)
1932 Olympics: 400 m relay (1st)
1936 Olympics: 100 m (4th)
1936 Olympics: 400 m relay (1st)
1928 AAU: 100 yd. (1st)
1932 AAU: 100 yd. (1st)
1930 NCAA: 100 yd. (1st)
1931 NCAA: 100 yd. (1st)

high school: Glendale (Glendale, California)
junior college: Glendale College
undergraduate: USC (Los Angeles, California), 1932

Educational administration

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