Art Harnden

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameArthur Harold "Art"•Harnden
Used nameArt•Harnden
Born20 May 1924 in Yoakum, Texas (USA)
Died30 September 2016 in Corpus Christi, Texas (USA)
Measurements176 cm / 73 kg
AffiliationsTexas A&M Aggies, College Station (USA)
NOC United States


Fourth place at the US Olympic Trials earned Art Harnden of Texas A&M a place on the 1948 Olympic relay team. He ran a 48.0 opening leg in the final, which put the U.S. into a lead they held to the tape. Harnden placed second at the 1948 NCAA in the 400.

Harnden joined the US Army Air Force in World War II and was stationed with the 8th Air Force in England, flying 23 missions over Germany. After the war he went to Texas A&M, and then worked for Texaco for over 40 years, and then retired, only to then work another 21 years with Walmart. Harnden was inducted into the Texas A&M Hall of Fame in 1966.

Personal Best: 400 – 47.47 (1948).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Art Harnden
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold