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Olympics – 1948 London – Track – Mens 100m – USA Harrison Dillard & Barney Ewell imasportsphile


William Harrison “Bones” Dillard (born July 8, 1923) is an American former track and field athlete, the only male so far to win Olympic titles in both sprinting and hurdling events.  At the trials for the 1948 Summer Olympics, however, Dillard failed to qualify for the 110 m hurdles event….though he qualified as third (and last) for the 100 m….not his specialty.  At the Games, Dillard reached the final, which seemed to end in a dead heat between Dillard and another American, Barney Ewell.  The finish photo showed Dillard had won….which equaled the World record as well. This was the first use of a photo finish at an Olympic Games.  As a member of the 4 x 100 m relay team….he won another gold medal at the London Games.  Four years later….still a strong hurdler….Dillard did qualify for the 110 m hurdles event….and won the event in Helsinki.  Another 4 x 100 m relay victory yielded Dillard’s fourth Olympic title.

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