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William Spencer

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWilliam Octavius•Spencer
Used nameWilliam•Spencer
Born30 July 1900 in Jackson, Tennessee (USA)
Died14 July 1983 in Starkville, Mississippi (USA)
Measurements176 cm / 60 kg
AffiliationsChicago AA, Chicago (USA)
NOC United States


William Spencer won the AAU steeplechase in 1928. That meet also doubled as the 1928 US Olympic Trials and put him on the team for Amsterdam. His winning time in the race, 9:35.8, was also an American record. At the 1924 Olympic Trials, Spencer finished third in the 1,500 to make the Paris team. Spencer competed for Mississippi State University and the Chicago AA.

Personal Bests: 1500 – unknown; 3000S – 9:35.8 (1928).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Athletics USA William Spencer
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 h2 r1/2
1928 Summer Olympics Athletics USA William Spencer
3,000 metres Steeplechase, Men (Olympic) 8