United States of America
TeamUnited States of America
Olympic Medals
Games Participations2
First Olympic GamesMelbourne 1956
Year of Birth1933


Lee Calhoun was the first man to have won two Olympic high hurdles titles. In 1956 he brought his best time down from 14.4 to 13.5 to win the first of his gold medals. In 1960, Calhoun improved to 13.4 and won his second Olympic title. Apart from these successes, he won the AAU (indoor and outdoor), the NAIA, and the NCAA in 1956 and successfully defended all four titles in 1957. He was suspended for the 1958 season for being married on television and receiving gifts after the ceremony. He came back in 1959 to win his third AAU outdoor championship and to win a silver medal at the Pan American Games. Shortly before winning his second Olympic crown he equalled the 110 m world record with 13.2. Calhoun graduated from North Carolina Central and, after coaching at Grambling, became the head track coach at Yale.

Personal Best: 110H – 13.2 (1960).

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