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Harry Hillman

Inducted: 1976, athlete

Born: August 9, 1881 - Brooklyn, New York
Deceased: August 9, 1945

400 m - 49.20
400 m hurdles - 55.30

A member of three Olympic teams at the turn of the 20th century, Harry Hillman also was an outstanding coach at Dartmouth College. Hillman won three gold medals at the 1904 Olympics, taking the flat 400m, the 200m low hurdles and the 400m hurdles. He had Olympic record times in all three events, but his time in the 400m hurdles wasn't allowed as a record because he knocked over one hurdle. He finished 5th in the 400m run at the unofficial 1906 Athens Olympics after being injured when an enormous wave washed over the deck of his ship during the Atlantic crossing. At the 1908 London Olympics, he was a silver medalist in the 400m hurdles. He also won four AAU titles, two each in the 200 and 400m hurdles. On April 24, Hillman and Lawson Robertson set a record that has never been equaled, running the 100-yard three-legged race in 11.0 seconds. He coached track at Dartmouth from 1910 until his death in 1945. He was also an Olympic coach in 1924, 1928 and 1932. One of his most famous athletes was hurdler and fellow Hall of Famer Earl Thomson.

1904 Olympics: 200 m hurdles (1st)
1904 Olympics: 400 m - 49.20 (1st)
1904 Olympics: 400 m hurdles (1st)
1906 Olympics: 400 m (5th)
1908 Olympics: 400 m hurdles - 55.30 (2nd)


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