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Ron Freeman

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRonald John "Ron"•Freeman, III
Used nameRon•Freeman
Born12 June 1947 in Elizabeth, New Jersey (USA)
Measurements183 cm / 82 kg
AffiliationsArizona State Sun Devils, Phoenix (USA)
NOC United States


Ron Freeman’s 43.2 lap on the second leg of the 1,600m relay in Mexico was the fastest 400m that had ever been run. Taking over the baton three meters down on Nyamau of Kenya, he put the U.S. into a 20-meter lead and on their way to a new world record of 2:56.16 – which stood until 1988. In the individual 400m, Freeman, from Arizona State, took the bronze in 44.40 which was the fourth fastest 400m of all time. But he never won a major championship and never again matched the form he had shown in Mexico City.

Personal Bests: 220y – 21.2 (1963); 400 – 44.41 (1968); 880y – 1:50.4 (1968).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Ron Freeman
400 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
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
1968 Summer Olympics 19 October 1968 Athletics 4 × 400 metres Relay, Men Round One, Heat One 3:00.7 WR 1
1968 Summer Olympics 20 October 1968 Athletics 4 × 400 metres Relay, Men Final 2:56.1 WR 1