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Milt Campbell

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameMilton Gray "Milt"•Campbell
Used nameMilt•Campbell
Born9 December 1933 in Plainfield, New Jersey (USA)
Died2 November 2012 in Gainesville, Georgia (USA)
Measurements190 cm / 94 kg
AffiliationsUS Navy, (USA)
NOC United States

Biography

Milt Campbell was the first great black decathlete and the first to win the Olympic decathlon. He won the AAU decathlon in 1953 and the AAU and NCAA high hurdles in 1955. In 1957 he set a world record of 13.4 for the 120y hurdles. While at Indiana University, Campbell won letters in both football and track. After graduation he had a fling with pro football, playing briefly in 1957 with the Cleveland Browns, but has since run programs in New Jersey for underprivileged children. He is also a well-known lecturer.

Personal Bests: 100y – 9.6 (1953); 100 – 10.5 (1953); 220y – 20.7s (1953); 400 – 48.8 (1956); 110H – 13.4y (1957); HJ – 6-3 (1.90) (1956); PV – 12-0 (3.66) (1956); LJ – 24-0½ (7.33) (1956); SP – 48-5 (14.76) (1956); DT – 147-6 (44.96) (1956); JT – 187-3 (57.07) (1956); Dec – 7614 (1956).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1952 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Milt Campbell
Decathlon, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1956 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Milt Campbell
Decathlon, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold

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