John Allen

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJohn William•Allen
Used nameJohn•Allen
Born15 January 1926 in Buffalo, New York (USA)
Died16 September 2006 in San Bernardino, California (USA)
Measurements175 cm / 70 kg
AffiliationsKansington High School
NOC United States


John Allen competed for various clubs as a walker – Gardentown AC, Niagara AAU, St. Francis Xavier AC, and Buffalo AC. He won 10 AAU walk titles – 15K in 1962, 40K in 1962, 50K in 1961, and in the 25K he was champion from 1954-60. During World War II Allen served in the Navy as a radio operator on a minesweeper in the Pacific. He worked as a salesman for Alling & Cory Paper Co. and for Buffalo Linen Supply. Allen was inducted into the Niagara Track & Field Hall of fame in 1998.

Personal Best: 50K Walk – 4-41:08 (1960).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1960 Summer Olympics Athletics USA John Allen
50 kilometres Race Walk, Men (Olympic) 24