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Ken Carpenter

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWilliam Kenneth "Ken"•Carpenter
Used nameKen•Carpenter
Born19 April 1913 in Compton, California (USA)
Died15 March 1984 in Buena Park, California (USA)
Measurements190 cm / 102 kg
AffiliationsUSC Trojans, Los Angeles (USA)
NOC United States


Southern Cal’s Ken Carpenter won the AAU, NCAA, and IC4A discus titles in 1935. The following year he again took the AAU and NCAA, but only placed second to Gordon Dunn at the Final Trials. In Berlin, Dunn led the field after four rounds with Carpenter in third place, also behind Oberweger of Italy In the fifth round, Carpenter moved into the lead and, with both Dunn and Obewerger fouling their last trial, Carpenter took the gold medal. After the Games, Carpenter came within one inch of Willy Schroder’s (GER) world record in an international meet in Prague.

Personal Best: DT – 53.08(1936).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Ken Carpenter
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold

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