Ivan Riley

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameIvan Harris•Riley
Used nameIvan•Riley
Born31 December 1900 in Newton, Kansas (USA)
Died28 October 1943 in Kansas City, Kansas (USA)
Measurements183 cm / 74 kg
AffiliationsIllinois AC, Chicago (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1


While at Kansas State, Ivan Riley won the NCAA 120y hurdles and the AAU 440y hurdles in 1923 and the 120y hurdles in 1924. In May 1924, Riley set a world record 400m hurdles record of 52.1, but the mark never received official recognition and by the time of the Olympics came around in July he had lost some of his competitive edge. Riley only took the bronze medal after his teammate, Charley Brookins, had been disqualified. Riley graduated from college with a degree in architecture and became a well-known architect in the Midwest. His career was a short one; he died tragically early from brain cancer.

Personal Best: 400H – 52.1 (1924).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Ivan Riley
400 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze