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Bob Bennett

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRobert Howard "Bob"•Bennett
Used nameBob•Bennett
Born9 August 1919 in Providence, Rhode Island (USA)
Died13 December 1974
Measurements188 cm / 98 kg
AffiliationsRhode Island Track & Field Athletic Association
NOC United States


One of a number of fine hammer throwers to come from the University of Maine, Bob Bennett won the IC4A in 1939 and 1940. He topped the National rankings in 1940 with a new collegiate record of 183-10¾ (56.05). Bennett missed the next five seasons (during the war), but made a comeback in 1946 and in 1947, by which time he was attending Brown and was again the top ranked thrower in the U.S. During his three years at Brown, Bennett won the AAU and IC4A in 1947 and the AAU again in 1948. He also won the IC4A 35-lb. weight throw in 1947. At the 1948 Olympics he edged Sam Felton , formerly of Harvard, out of third place by a mere three inches. Bennett coached at West Point for several years and then returned to Brown in 1954 as assistant track coach.

Personal Best: HT – 56.05 (1940).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Bob Bennett
Hammer Throw, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze