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Subject: Dillard was amazing, who few remembered was the only male in the HISTORY of the Olympic Games to win gold in BOTH the 100 meter (sprints) and the 110 meter hurdles, making him the “World’s Fastest Man” in 1948 and the “World’s Fastest Hurdler” in 1952. -And nary a mention of his passing in the news. ...

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Date Posted: Sunday, November 17, 02:43:50am
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American track and field athlete, who is the only male in
the history of the Olympic Games to win gold in both the
100 meter (sprints) and the 110 meter hurdles, making him the
“World’s Fastest Man” in 1948 and the “World’s Fastest Hurdler” in 1952. …

William Harrison "Bones" Dillard
(July 8, 1923 – November 15, 2019)

Early life and career …
Dillard was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 8, 1923 and attended East Technical High School. He entered Baldwin-Wallace College in 1941 and joined Pi Lambda Phi International Fraternity, and two years later was drafted into the U.S. Army serving in the all-black 92nd Infantry Division known as the Buffalo Soldiers. He returned to college in 1946 and resumed athletics, to which he had been inspired by Jesse Owens, who was also from Cleveland and had attended East Technical High School as well. He won the NCAA and AAU 120-yard and 220-yard hurdles in both 1946 and 1947 and he tied world records in both events with a 22.3 in the 220 in 1946 and a 13.6 in the 120.

Olympic Games …
Official Video Highlights, Dillard winning 1948 100 meters Dillard winning 1952 110 meters hurdles. At the trials for the
1948 Summer Olympics, Dillard failed to qualify for the 110 m hurdles event, but qualified for the 100 m after finishing third.

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, equalling the World record as well. This was the first use of a photo finish at an Olympic Games. As a member of the 4 × 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 × 100 m relay victory yielded Dillard's fourth Olympic title. Dillard attempted to qualify for a third Olympics in 1956, but failed. Earlier he took part in and won the gold medal in the 110m hurdles at the 1953 Maccabiah Games.

Later years …
Dillard worked for the Cleveland Indians baseball franchise in scouting and public relations capacities, and hosted a radio
talk show on Cleveland's WERE. He also worked for the Cleveland City School District for many years as its Business Manager.

Death …
Dillard died on November 15, 2019, at the age of 96 from stomach cancer.

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