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Hal Barron

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHarold Earl "Hal"•Barron
Used nameHal•Barron
Born29 August 1894 in Berwyn, Pennsylvania (USA)
Died5 October 1978 in San Francisco, California (USA)
Measurements183 cm / 64 kg
AffiliationsMeadowbrook Club, Philadelphia (USA)
NOC United States


After winning the AAU high hurdles in 1917, Hal Barron repeated in 1920 and also won the NCAA title in 1922. Indoors, over the 70y hurdles he won the AAU in 1918, 1921, and 1922 and the IC4A in 1922. Barron took the 1920 Olympic Trials in 15.2 and then equalled the Olympic record of 15.0 in the semifinals at Antwerp, but in the finals could not match the pace of the Canadian from Dartmouth, Earl Thomson, and finished in second place. After graduating from Penn State, Barron coached briefly at Mercersburg Academy and Cascadilla School (NY) before taking up an appointment as head coach at Georgia Tech.

Personal Best: 120yH – 15.0 (1917).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Hal Barron
110 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver


Date of death previously listed as 31 March 1962.