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Glenn Hardin

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGlenn Foster•Hardin
Used nameGlenn•Hardin
Born1 July 1910 in Derma, Mississippi (USA)
Died6 March 1975 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (USA)
Measurements188 cm / 75 kg
AffiliationsLSU Tigers, Baton Rouge (USA)
NOC(s) United States


Despite his Olympic successes, Glenn Hardin will be best remembered for his 50.6 400m hurdles in Stockholm in 1934 which stood as a world record for 19 years. He had two earlier world records to his credit, the first coming in the 1932 Olympic final when the winner, Bob Tisdall of Eire, was debarred from having his time of 51.7 recognized because he knocked over the last hurdle and the record went to Hardin, who ran 51.9 in second place, although the IAAF rounded it up to 52.0 for record purposes, and this equalled Morgan Taylor’s 1928 world record but Hardin made the record his own by winning the 1934 AAU in 51.8. While at LSU, Hardin won the 440y flat and the low hurdles at the NCAA in 1933 and 1934; he also won the AAU intermediate hurdles in both those years. In 1936 he won his third AAU intermediate title then took the Olympic title and retired, having been unbeaten in the intermediates since the 1932 Olympic final. His son, Billy Hardin carried on the family tradition by competing in the 400m hurdles in the 1964 Olympics.

Personal Best: 400H – 50.6 (1934).


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1932 Summer Olympics Athletics 400 metres Hurdles, Men Olympic 2 Silver Representing United States    
1936 Summer Olympics Athletics 400 metres Hurdles, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing United States    

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1932 Summer Olympics 31 July 1932 Athletics 400 metres Hurdles, Men Semi-Finals, Heat One 52.8 1
1932 Summer Olympics 1 August 1932 Athletics 400 metres Hurdles, Men Final 51.9 WR 2

Olympic family relations