Bill Dellinger

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameWilliam Solon "Bill"•Dellinger
Used nameBill•Dellinger
Born23 March 1934 in Grants Pass, Oregon (USA)
Measurements175 cm / 62 kg
AffiliationsOregon Track Club, Eugene (USA) / US Air Force, (USA)
NOC United States

Biography

Bill Dellinger of the University of Oregon won the 1954 NCAA mile, but subsequently concentrated on the 5,000m. In 1956 he won the NCAA title and then set a new U.S. record of 14:16.2 before leaving for Melbourne where, after qualifying comfortably he failed to finish in the final. In 1957, Dellinger posted a new U.S. 1,500 m record of 3:41.5 while finishing third in a dual meet with Hungary. He won the 5,000 m at the AAU and Pan American Games in 1959 and he won the AAU again in 1960. However, as in 1956, he failed to show his true form at the Olympics and was eliminated in the heats. At his third Olympics, Bill Dellinger finally came through and, on a rain-soaked track in Tokyo, he put in a devastating last lap to snatch third place from Michel Jazy of France. Dellinger’s time of 13:49.8 was the fastest of his long career. He later became the head coach at his alma mater, where he has numbered among his pupils Steve Prefontaine and Alberto Salazar.

Personal Bests: 1500 – 3:41.5 (1958); Mile – 4:02.7 (1961); 2 miles – 8:43.8 (1961); 5000 – 13:49.8 (1964).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Bill Dellinger
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) AC r2/2
1960 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Bill Dellinger
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 4 h3 r1/2
1964 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Bill Dellinger
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze

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