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Frank Wykoff

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameFrank Clifford•Wykoff
Used nameFrank•Wykoff
Nick/petnamesThe Glendale Greyhound
Born29 October 1909 in Des Moines, Iowa (USA)
Died1 January 1980 in Altadena, California (USA)
Measurements178 cm / 68 kg
AffiliationsLAAC, Los Angeles (USA)
NOC United States

Biography

Frank Wykoff was the first man to win three Olympic relay gold medals, all of them in world-record efforts. Wykoff first astounded the track world as an 18-year-old at Glendale High School when he beat the great Charlie Paddock in both sprints at the Southwest Olympic Trials. He went on to make the Olympic team for Amsterdam, where he won the first of his gold medals. His 200m victory over Paddock at the Southwest Trials was Wykoff’s only major win at this distance, although his time of 20.8 showed his potential in the longer sprint.

Wykoff wisely chose to concentrate on the 100y/100m and in 1930 he ran the first official 9.4 for 100 yards, breaking the world record. While at Southern Cal, he won three IC4A (1930-32), two NCAA (1930-31), and two AAU (1928, 1931) dash titles. After graduation he served as director of special schools for Los Angeles County for many years.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.4 (1932); 200 – 20.8s (1928).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Frank Wykoff
100 metres, Men (Olympic) 4
4 × 100 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
1932 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Frank Wykoff
4 × 100 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
1936 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Frank Wykoff
100 metres, Men (Olympic) 4
4 × 100 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1928 Summer Olympics 5 August 1928 Athletics 4 × 100 metres Relay, Men Final 41.0 WR 1
1932 Summer Olympics 6 August 1932 Athletics 4 × 100 metres Relay, Men Round One, Heat Two 40.6 WR 1
1932 Summer Olympics 7 August 1932 Athletics 4 × 100 metres Relay, Men Final 40.0 WR 1
1936 Summer Olympics 8 August 1936 Athletics 4 × 100 metres Relay, Men Round One, Heat One 40.0 WR 1
1936 Summer Olympics 9 August 1936 Athletics 4 × 100 metres Relay, Men Final 39.8 WR 1