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Harold Osborn

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
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

Biography

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).

Results

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

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1924 Summer Olympics 7 July 1924 Athletics High Jump, Men Final Round 1.95! / o 1
1924 Summer Olympics 7 July 1924 Athletics High Jump, Men Final Round 1.98 / o 1
1924 Summer Olympics 11 – 12 July 1924 Athletics Decathlon, Men Final Standings 7710.7750 WR 1
1924 Summer Olympics 11 July 1924 Athletics Decathlon, Men (High Jump) High Jump 1.97 1