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Lon Spurrier

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameLonnie Vernon "Lon"•Spurrier
Used nameLon•Spurrier
Born27 May 1932 in Cass Township, Missouri (USA)
Died23 June 2015 in San Pablo, California (USA)
Measurements183 cm / 72 kg
AffiliationsOlympic Club, San Francisco (USA) / US Air Force, (USA)
NOC United States


Lon Spurrier had two great years in the 800 – 1955 and 1956. In 1955 he won a silver medal in the 800 at the Pan American Games, and ran on the gold medal winning 4×400 relay team (with John Mashburn, Jim Lea, and Lou Jones). In 1956 he ran on two world-record setting relay teams – 4×440y and 4×880y. In a dual meet in March 1955, Spurrier ran 1:47.5 for 880y to break that world record, although it was inferior to the 800 metre world record. Spurrier had placed fifth in the 1953-54 NCAA 880y. At the AAU Meet Spurrier finished fifth in 1955 and fourth in 1956. He became a fighter pilot in the US Air Force before having a career in financial management.

Personal Bests: 440y – 47.2 (1955); 880y – 1:47.5 (1955); Mile – 4:08.4 (1955).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Lon Spurrier
800 metres, Men (Olympic) 6
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) United States DNS

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