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Harry Hillman

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Intercalated Games
Full nameHarry Livingston•Hillman, Jr.
Used nameHarry•Hillman
Born8 September 1881 in Brooklyn, New York (USA)
Died9 August 1945 in Hanover, New Hampshire (USA)
Measurements180 cm / 66 kg
AffiliationsNYAC, New York (USA)
NOC(s) United States


Harry Hillman’s first major titles came in the 1902 AAU junior and senior 220y hurdles, and the following year he added the AAU senior title in the open quarter He won several more national championships, both U.S. and Canadian, although the fact that the 440y hurdles was not included in the AAU program until 1914, certainly deprived him of many more. Hillman was one of three triple winners in track & field at the 1904 Olympics and his winning time of 53.0 in the 400m hurdles shattered the existing world record. However, he knocked over the eighth hurdle, which, in 1904, invalidated any record claim and, more importantly the barriers were only 2-6 in height instead of the regulation 3 feet. After 1904, Harry Hillman competed at both the 1906 and 1908 Olympics, but with less success. At London in 1908, he concentrated on the 400m hurdles and, after setting a world record of 56.4 in the heats, improved to a career best of 55.3 in the final but still placed second to Charley Bacon. Harry Hillman went to Dartmouth as a coach in 1910, and remained there until his death, save for his World War I duty as a lieutenant in the aviation corps. Hillman was also on the Olympic coaching staff in 1924, 1928, and 1932. Harry Hillman was listed for many years in the Guinness Book of World Records as co-holder of one of the most unusual track records, as he and Lawson Robertson set the record of 11.0 seconds for 100 yds. – in a three-legged race.

Personal Bests: 400 – 47.9y (1908); 110H - 15.4 (1905); 400H – 55.3e (1908).


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1904 Summer Olympics Athletics 200 metres, Men Olympic DNS Representing United States    
  400 metres, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  440 yards, Men Olympic (non-medal) 2
  200 metres Hurdles, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  400 metres Hurdles, Men Olympic 1 Gold
1906 Intercalated Games Athletics 100 metres, Men Intercalated DNS Representing United States    
  400 metres, Men Intercalated 4
  110 metres Hurdles, Men Intercalated AC h3 r1/2
  Triple Jump, Men Intercalated DNS
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics 400 metres, Men Olympic DNS Representing United States    
  400 metres Hurdles, Men Olympic 2 Silver

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1904 Summer Olympics 29 August 1904 Athletics 400 metres, Men Final Standings 49.2 1
1908 Summer Olympics 21 July 1908 Athletics 400 metres Hurdles, Men Semi-Finals, Heat One 56.40 1