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Dallas Long

Inducted: 1996, athlete

Born: June 13, 1940 - Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Shot Put - 20.68 m

Many Hall of Fame athletes have either won Olympic gold medals or set world records. Dr. Dallas Long has done both and was one of the world's premier shot putters in the 1960s. Long attended North Phoenix High School in Arizona, where he was coached by Vern Wolfe, also a Hall of Famer. Long set a national high school record there and later attended the University of Southern California, where he attained his greatest success and was again coached by Wolfe. He was NCAA champion for three successive years, from 1960 to 1962, and national champion in 1961. He set the first of his world records in March 1959, when he threw 63' 2". He improved upon that record five times, culminating with a throw of 67' 10" at the Olympic trials in 1964. That year, he won the gold medal with a throw of 66' 8 1/2", setting an Olympic record in the event. Four years earlier, at the 1960 Rome Olympics, Long took the bronze medal behind fellow Americans Bill Nieder and Parry O'Brien. After earning both dental and medical degrees from USC, Long practiced medicine in Southern California and Arizona.

Records Held
World Record: Shot Put - 20.68 m (July 25, 1964 - )

1960 Olympics: Shot Put (3rd)
1964 Olympics: Shot Put - 20.33 m (1st)
1961 AAU: Shot Put (1st)
1960 NCAA: Shot Put (1st)
1961 NCAA: Shot Put (1st)
1962 NCAA: Shot Put (1st)

high school: North Phoenix (North Phoenix, Arizona)
undergraduate: USC (Los Angeles, California), 1962

Medical doctor

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