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Glenn Davis

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGlenn Ashby•Davis
Used nameGlenn•Davis
Born12 September 1934 in Wellsburg, West Virginia (USA)
Died28 January 2009 in Barberton, Ohio (USA)
Measurements183 cm / 73 kg
AffiliationsOhio Track Club
NOC United States


Glenn Davis ran his first intermediate hurdles race in April 1956, which he won in 54.4; within two months he had, incredibly become the first man to break the 50 second barrier when he brought the world record down to 49.5 at the Final Trials. In Melbourne he won comfortably and defended that title in Rome, becoming the only man in history to win two Olympic 400m hurdle titles. Later in the 1960 Games, he won a third gold when he contributed a 45.4 third stage to the new world record set by the 1,600m relay team. Shortly after the Games, Davis signed a pro football contract and played with the Detroit Lions in 1960-61, but in the years between Olympics he had shown himself to be one of the great track talents of all time. He won the AAU 400m/440y hurdles four times and, on the flat, twice broke the world record for the open 440y; his best mark came at the 1958 NCAA where, representing Ohio State, he ran 45.7. He also set two more world records in the 400m/440y hurdles, leaving them at 49.2 and 49.9 respectively as well as running a 22.5 world record for the 200m hurdles immediately prior to the 1960 Olympics.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.3 (1958); 200 – 21.0 (1958); 400 – 45.4y (1958); 110H – 14.3 (1957); 400H – 49.2 (1958); LJ – 24-0¼ (7.33) (1957).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Glenn Davis
400 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) United States DNS
1960 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Glenn Davis
400 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1956 Summer Olympics 24 November 1956 Athletics 400 metres Hurdles, Men Final 50.1 1
1960 Summer Olympics 2 September 1960 Athletics 400 metres Hurdles, Men Final 49.3 1
1960 Summer Olympics 8 September 1960 Athletics 4 × 400 metres Relay, Men Final 3:02.2 WR 1

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