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Clarence (Bud) Houser

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Inducted: 1979, athlete

Born: September 25, 1901 - Winnigan, Missouri
Deceased: October 1, 1994

Discus Throw - 48.20 m

"Bud" Houser was the last weightman to win both the shot put and discus throw at the same Olympic Games. He accomplished that feat in 1924, setting an Olympic record of 151' 4" in the discus. Four years later, he repeated his victory in the discus with a new record of 155' 3". Houser competed at the University of Southern California where he was coached by Dean Crowell, also a member of the Hall of Fame. While in college, Houser introduced speed rotation in the circle and his new technique paid off with some big dividends. He won the national collegiate discus title in 1926, the same year he set a world record of 158' 1 3/4" at a dual meet between Southern Cal and Stanford. He also won five AAU titles, three in the discus (1925, 1926 and 1928) and two in the shot. The first of these titles, in the shot in 1921, came when he was still a schoolboy. While still competing, Houser earned his degree in dentistry and set up practice in Palm Springs, Calif.

Records Held
World Record: Discus Throw - 48.18 m (April 3, 1926 - )

1924 Olympics: Shot Put (1st)
1924 Olympics: Discus Throw - 46.12 m (1st)
1928 Olympics: Discus Throw - 47.32 m (1st)
1921 AAU: Shot Put (1st)
1925 AAU: Discus Throw (1st)
1926 AAU: Discus Throw (1st)
1928 AAU: Discus Throw (1st)
1926 NCAA: Discus Throw (1st)

undergraduate: USC (Los Angeles, California), 1926


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