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Harrison Dillard

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Inducted: 1974, athlete

Born: July 8, 1923 - Cleveland, Ohio

100 m - 10.30
120 yd. hurdles - 13.60
110 m hurdles - 13.70

Harrison Dillard is the only man to ever win Olympic gold medals in both the sprints and high hurdles. Overall, he won four Olympic gold medals, also taking two in the 4x100 relays in 1948 and 1952. When Dillard was 13 years old, he attended a parade in Cleveland honoring triple-gold-medalist Jesse Owens upon his return from the 1936 Olympics. Dillard later met Owens, who presented him with his first pair of running shoes. Known as "Bones" because of his spindly size, Dillard attended Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, where he won four national collegiate titles in the high and low hurdles. He also took 14 AAU outdoor titles in the high and low hurdles and lost the opportunity for more because of the outbreak of World War II. After winning 82-straight hurdles races, Dillard failed to make the 1948 Olympic team as a hurdler but qualified in the 100 meters. In London, he outleaned the favored Barney Ewell of the U.S. to win the gold medal. Four years later, he won the gold medal in his trademark event, the 110m hurdles, narrowly beating American Jack Davis. An outstanding starter, Dillard was virtually unbeatable indoors, winning the AAU 60-yard hurdles seven years in a row from 1947 through 1953 and again in 1955. A world record holder in both the high and low hurdles, Dillard won the 1953 Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete.

Records Held
World Record: 120 yd. hurdles - 13.60 (April 17, 1948 - )
Olympic Record: 100 m - 10.30 (July 31, 1948 - )

1948 Olympics: 100 m - 10.30 (1st)
1948 Olympics: 400 m relay (1st)
1952 Olympics: 110 m hurdles - 13.70 (1st)
1952 Olympics: 400 m relay (1st)
1947 AAU: 60 yd. hurdles (1st)
1948 AAU: 60 yd. hurdles (1st)
1949 AAU: 60 yd. hurdles (1st)
1950 AAU: 60 yd. hurdles (1st)
1951 AAU: 60 yd. hurdles (1st)
1952 AAU: 60 yd. hurdles (1st)
1953 AAU: 60 yd. hurdles (1st)
1955 AAU: 60 yd. hurdles (1st)

high school: East Tech (Cleveland, Ohio), 1941
undergraduate: Baldwin Wallace College (Berea, Ohio)

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