Trent Jackson

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameTrenton James "Trent"•Jackson
Used nameTrent•Jackson
Nick/petnamesTJ, The Franklin Flash
Born28 February 1942 in Cordele, Georgia (USA)
Died25 March 2007 in Rochester, New York (USA)
Measurements183 cm / 79 kg
AffiliationsIllinois Fighting Illini, Champaign (USA)
NOC United States


In 1964 Trent Jackson was ranked fourth in the world and second in the United States in the 100. In the two Olympic Trials in that year, he won the initial trial, and finished second to the redoubtable Bob Hayes in the final trial. Unfortunately Jackson, who competed for the University of Illinois, performed below par at the Olympics and did not make the final.

Jackson later played in the NFL for two years, in 1966 with the Philadelphia Eagles and 1967 with the Washington Redskins, although he was also drafted by the St. Louis baseball Cardinals. He later settled in Rochester, New York where he coached basketball and track.

Personal Bests: 100y – 9.4 (1964); 100 – 10.1 (1964); 220y – 20.8 (1964).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1964 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Trent Jackson
100 metres, Men (Olympic) 8 h1 r3/4
4 × 100 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) United States DNS

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