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Frank Loomis

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameFrank Farmer•Loomis, Jr.
Used nameFrank•Loomis
Born22 August 1896 in Saint Paul, Minnesota (USA)
Died4 April 1971 in New Port Richey, Florida (USA)
Measurements188 cm
AffiliationsChicago AA, Chicago (USA)
NOC(s) United States


While a senior at Oregon High School in Illinois, Frank Loomis equalled the national interscholastic record of 24.2 for the 220y hurdles and after joining the Chicago AA he won the AAU title over this distance in 1917 and 1918. After winning the 440y hurdles at the Western Olympic Trials in a new world record of 54.2, John Norton looked a likely winner of the Olympic title, but Loomis beat him at the AAU and confirmed his superiority with a comfortable win over Norton at the Olympics with a new world record of 54.0. Frank’s brother, Jo Gilbert Loomis, was a talented high jumper and sprinter, who also made the 1920 Olympic team as an alternate on the sprint squad.

Personal Best: 400H – 54.0 (1920).


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1920 Summer Olympics Athletics 400 metres Hurdles, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing United States    

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1920 Summer Olympics 16 August 1920 Athletics 400 metres Hurdles, Men Final 54.0 WR 1