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Earl Young

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameEarl Verdelle•Young
Used nameEarl•Young
Born14 February 1941 in San Fernando, California (USA)
Measurements190 cm / 79 kg
AffiliationsACU Wildcats, Abilene (USA)
NOC United States


Earl Young took up quarter-miling in his freshman year (1959) at Abilene Christian. In his first season he ran 48.5 for 440y, but showed dramatic improvement in the Olympic year and ran 45.9 for sixth place in the Olympic final before contributing a 45.6 stage on the winning relay team. At the 1963 Pan American Games he won gold with both relay teams in the 4×100 metres (with Ollan Cassell, Ira Murchison, and the non-Olympian Brooks Johnson) and in the 4×400 metres (with Ollan Cassell and the non-Olympians James Johnson and Richard Edmunds).

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.5 (1960); 220 – 20.9 (1960); 400 – 45.7 (1960).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1960 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Earl Young
400 metres, Men (Olympic) 6
4 × 400 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
1960 Summer Olympics 8 September 1960 Athletics 4 × 400 metres Relay, Men Final 3:02.2 WR 1

Special Notes