Sim Iness

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameSimeon Garland "Sim"•Iness
Used nameSim•Iness
Born9 July 1930 in Keota, Oklahoma (USA)
Died23 May 1996 in Porterville, California (USA)
Measurements198 cm / 118 kg
AffiliationsLAAC, Los Angeles (USA)
NOC United States


On his 18th birthday Sim Iness placed sixth at the 1948 Final Trials, but four years later he won the Trials and went on to take the Olympic title, beating Consolini’s Olympic record with all of his six throws. While at Southern Cal, Iness won the NCAA in 1952 and 1953 and on the second occasion he became the first man in history to throw 190 feet when he took the title with a world record 190-0⅞ (57.93). After his active days were over, Iness became a football and track coach.

Personal Best: DT – 190-0⅞ (57.93) (1953).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1952 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Sim Iness
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold