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Dick Byrd

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Olympic Games (non-medal events)
Full nameRichard Leslie "Dick"•Byrd
Used nameDick•Byrd
Born16 May 1892 in Shiloh, Indiana (USA)
Died20 June 1958
Measurements181 cm / 88 kg
AffiliationsAdrian College
NOC(s) United States


Leslie Byrd succeeded in beating the world record holder James Duncan in the 1912 Olympic discus, but was outclassed by Armas Taipale of Finland, who had a winning margin of almost ten feet. Captain R. L. Byrd, U.S. Marine Corps, won the discus at the Inter-Allied Games held at the Pershing Stadium, Paris, in 1919. Later in the year he finished second in the AAU.

Byrd also competed in the 1912 Olympic Baseball demonstration event.

Personal Bests: DT – 43.84 (1919); JT – 129-10 (39.57) (1912).


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics Standing High Jump, Men Olympic =4 Representing United States    
  Standing Long Jump, Men Olympic 8
  Discus Throw, Men Olympic 2 Silver
  Discus Throw, Both Hands, Men Olympic 17
  Javelin Throw, Men Olympic DNS
  Pentathlon, Men Olympic DNS
Baseball (Baseball/Softball) Baseball, Men Olympic (non-medal) United States 1
  Baseball, Men Olympic (non-medal) US West "Finlands" 2