Whitey Michelsen

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameAlbert Richard "Whitey"•Michelsen
Used nameWhitey•Michelsen
Born16 December 1893 in Danbury, Connecticut (USA)
Died7 July 1964 in St. Petersburg, Florida (USA)
Measurements172 cm / 64 kg
AffiliationsMillrose AA, New York (USA)
NOC United States


In October 1925 Whitey Michelsen won the Port Chester Marathon in 2-29:01.8, making him the first man to run the actual marathon distance under 2½ hours. Michelson won the AAU 15 miles title in 1925. He never won the Boston Marathon but finished fourth there four times – 1923, 1925, 1929, and 1932. He made the 1928 Olympic team by placing second at the New York to Long Beach (NJ) race in May and third in the Baltimore marathon in June. In 1932, he qualified for the Olympics by placing fourth at Boston, finishing second in the Cambridge-Salisbury (MD) marathon in May, and winning the Los Angeles Marathon in June.

Personal Best: Mar – 2-28:27 (1923).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Whitey Michelsen
Marathon, Men (Olympic) 9
1932 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Whitey Michelsen
Marathon, Men (Olympic) 7