Eddie Hart

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameEdward James "Eddie"•Hart
Used nameEddie•Hart
Born24 April 1949 in Martinez, California (USA)
Measurements178 cm / 69 kg
AffiliationsBay Area Striders/University of California, Berkeley
NOC United States


After winning his heat in the 1972 Olympic 100m, Eddie Hart, together with Rey Robinson, failed to arrive at the start in time to compete in the second round. It was tragic, for Hart had equalled the world record of 9.9 in winning the Final Trials and had looked like a certain medalist and possible champion. He gained some consolation and revenge later in the Games when he ran the anchor leg, holding off 100m champion Valery Borzov of the USSR, on the relay team that set a new world record. While at Cal/Berkeley, Hart won the 1970 NCAA 100y but never figured prominently at the AAU meet, his best placing being sixth in 1969. He retired at the end of 1972 but made a comeback in 1978 and for two years was again ranked among the top U.S. sprinters.

Personal Bests: 100y – 9.2 (1969); 100 – 10.07 (1978); 220y – 20.5 (1970).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Eddie Hart
100 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 h11 r1/4
4 × 100 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold