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Horace Ashenfelter

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHorace•Ashenfelter, III
Used nameHorace•Ashenfelter
Born23 January 1923 in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania (USA)
Died6 January 2018 in West Orange, New Jersey (USA)
Measurements178 cm / 66 kg
AffiliationsNYAC, New York (USA)
NOC(s) United States


Nip Ashenfelter won his first AAU title when he took the 10,000 m in 1950. The following day he ran his first steeplechase and finished fifth. He won the AAU steeplechase in 1951 and at the 1952 Olympic Trials ran 9:06.4 to better Harold Manning’s 16-year-old U.S. record. Ashenfelter further improved the record to 8:51.0 in the Olympic heats in Helsinki; in a classic Olympic final he defeated the much-vaunted Russian, Vladimir Kazantsev, and posted a new world record of 8:45.4. In the 1955 Pan American Games Ashenfelter won a silver medal when he finished second to Osvaldo Suárez in the 5000 metres. Ashenfelter competed again at Melbourne but could do no better than sixth in a heat of the steeplechase. During a long career, he won three AAU outdoor titles, was the indoor two mile champion for five successive years (1952-56) and over the same five-year period he led the New York AC to victory in the cross-country team event. In three of those years (1954-56), he also won the individual cross-country. After leaving Penn State, Ashenfelter joined the FBI in November 1951, but when he retired from competition after the 1956 Olympics, he also resigned from the Bureau and took a post in business, as a salesman for various metallurgy firms.

Personal Best: 3000S – 8:45.68 (1952).


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1952 Summer Olympics Athletics 10,000 metres, Men Olympic DNS Representing United States    
  3,000 metres Steeplechase, Men Olympic 1 Gold
1956 Summer Olympics Athletics 3,000 metres Steeplechase, Men Olympic 6 h1 r1/2 Representing United States    

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1952 Summer Olympics 23 July 1952 Athletics 3,000 metres Steeplechase, Men Round One, Heat Three 8:51.0 1
1952 Summer Olympics 25 July 1952 Athletics 3,000 metres Steeplechase, Men Final 8:45.4 WR 1

Olympic family relations

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Created: Hilary Evans at January 11, 2013 14:33, Last edited: Paul Tchir at January 07, 2018 19:49