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James Gordon

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJames Allen•Gordon
Used nameJames•Gordon
Born27 December 1908 in Barberton, Ohio (USA)
Died26 May 1997 in Mount Airy, Ohio (USA)
Measurements180 cm / 70 kg
AffiliationsLAAC, Los Angeles (USA)
NOC(s) United States


James Gordon was third in the 1932 AAU, after having placed fourth in 1931. He competed for Miami of Ohio and the Los Angeles AC. Gordon finished fifth in the 1932 Olympic 400. Gordon led Miami to three consecutive Buckeye Conference track championships from 1929-31, and was Buckeye Conference Champion all three years in the 400. Gordon also played football at Miami and earned three varsity letters.

After graduating from Miami in 1931, Gordon coached for eight years at Cleveland West Technical High Schools and then two years at Lehigh University. He then earned a masters’ degree in 1935 from The Ohio State University, and returned to Miami in 1946 as an assistant coach in track, football, and basketball. In 1948 he became athletic manager and in 1950 was named chairman of the physical education department. During his tenure at Miami he wrote Track and Field: Changing Concepts and Modern Health and Physical Education Department. Gordon was inducted into the Miami of Ohio Sports Hall of Fame in 1970.

Personal Best: 400 – 47.4 (1932).


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1932 Summer Olympics Athletics 400 metres, Men Olympic 5 Representing United States    
  4 × 400 metres Relay, Men Olympic United States DNS