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Bob McAllister

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRobert Francis "Bob"•McAllister
Used nameBob•McAllister
Nick/petnamesThe Flying Cop
Born7 July 1899 in New York, New York (USA)
Died22 October 1962 in Hollywood, Florida (USA)
Measurements170 cm / 71 kg
AffiliationsColumbus Council Knights of Columbus
NOC United States


Bob McAllister won the 1922 AAU 100y and came back six years later to finish second at the AAU Meet, which doubled as the Olympic Trial and put him on the 1928 Olympic team. He ran for the NY Knights of Columbus. McAllister was known as “The Flying Cop,” for his speed and his profession as a police officer in New York City. He became a deputy inspector with the NYPD, although he was twice suspended, once on suspicion of perjury charges, and once on murder charges after shooting suspect in a car theft. He was acquitted in both cases and continued on the police force.

Personal Best: 100 – 10.6 (1928).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Bob McAllister
100 metres, Men (Olympic) 6

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1928 Summer Olympics 30 July 1928 Athletics 100 metres, Men Semi-Finals, Heat One 10.6 1