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Eddie Southern

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameSilas Edward "Eddie"•Southern
Used nameEddie•Southern
Born4 January 1938 in Dallas, Texas (USA)
Measurements185 cm / 81 kg
AffiliationsAustin Athletic Club
NOC United States


Eddie Southern set national prep records at 220y and 440y before taking up the hurdles. In finishing second to Glenn Davis at the 1956 Final Trials, he ran the second fastest 400 m hurdles in history (49.7); he again lost to Davis at the Olympics. Southern graduated from the University of Texas in 1959 and he won the NCAA 440y flat that year. At the 1959 Pan American Games he won silver with the 4×400 m relay team (with Josh Culbreath, Jack Yerman, and the non-Olympian Dave Mills).

Personal Bests: 100y – 9.5 (1958); 220y – 20.5s (1958); 400 – 45.5y (1958); 110H – 14.1y (1957); 400H – 49.7 (1956).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Eddie Southern
400 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver

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