Harold Osborn

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHarold Marion•Osborn (Osborne-)
Used nameHarold•Osborn
Born13 April 1899 in Butler, Illinois (USA)
Died5 April 1975 in Champaign, Illinois (USA)
Measurements181 cm / 73 kg
AffiliationsIllinois AC, Chicago (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2


Harold Osborn is the only man to have won an individual Olympic event in addition to winning the decathlon. Osborn won his first AAU decathlon on 1923; although the world record he established on that occasion was never ratified, his subsequent record at the AAU championships endorses what a truly versatile athlete he was. During his long career he won 35 AAU medals (including 18 victories) in nine different events. Apart from his decathlon records, he set a world high jump record of 6-8¼ (2.04) in 1924 and in 1936, at the age of 37, he set a world record of 5-6 (1.67) for the standing high jump. This mark was set indoors but it remained the world best – indoors or out – for many years. Osborn was a graduate of the University of Illinois and later became a well-known osteopath.

Personal Bests: HJ – 2.038 (1924); Dec – 6476 (1924).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Harold Osborn
High Jump, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Decathlon, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1928 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Harold Osborn
High Jump, Men (Olympic) 5