Walter Thane BAKER

United States of America USA

Athletics

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
    2 S
    1 B
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Helsinki 1952
  • Year of Birth
    1931
Olympic Results

Biography

Walter Thane BAKER

Thane Baker won the NCAA 220y in 1953 and the AAU 200m in 1956. Because he was generally considered at his best over the longer sprint, his second place in the 1956 Olympic 100m was one of the surprises of the Games. Baker was usually overshadowed by the likes of Bobby Morrow and Andy Stanfield at the major championship meets, but when measured against the stopwatch he could claim a truly impressive list of marks: 100y (9.4), 100m (10.2), 200m (20.6), 220y straight (20.4), and in 1956 he set a world )record) of 29.4 for 300 yards. Baker majored in economics education at Kansas State and after serving in the air force he went into the oil business, working as a purchasing manager for Mobil. One of his daughters, Cathy followed in her father’s footsteps by winning the 1981 women’s collegiate (Div. II) title at 800 meters. Baker remained active in track, acting as a starter and official at various meets. Through 1982 he held the world’s age group records at 100m for the 40-44 and 45-49 year age groups.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.2 (1956); 200 – 20.6y (1956).

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Melbourne 1956

S
100 metres
100 metres Athletics
B
200 metres
200 metres Athletics
G
4 x 100 metres Relay
4 x 100 metres Relay Athletics
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Helsinki 1952

S
200 metres
200 metres Athletics