Bob Kiesel

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRobert Allan "Bob"•Kiesel
Used nameBob•Kiesel
Nick/petnamesBullet Bob
Born30 August 1911 in Sacramento, California (USA)
Died6 August 1993 in Boise, Idaho (USA)
Measurements178 cm / 70 kg
AffiliationsCalifornia Golden Bears, Berkeley (USA)
NOC United States


Bob Kiesel never won a major title, but the fact that he won a place on an Olympic relay team during a golden age of American sprinting was testament in itself to his ability. Although championship honors eluded him, Kiesel was a match for the best sprinters around when measured against the stop watch. His 9.5 for 100y in 1932 was matched only by Ralph Metcalfe among world sprinters that year and in 1932 he also ran a windy 10.4 for 100m. At the longer sprint he could point to a 20.8 clocking for 220y in 1934. After graduation Bob Kiesel worked for a paint manufacturing company until 1941 and after his war service he spent 23 years in the family real estate and investment business in Utah before moving to his farm in Idaho.

Personal Best: 100 – 10.64 (1934).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Bob Kiesel
4 × 100 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold