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Hubbard, William DeHartlocked

(25 November 1903–23 June 1976)
  • John A. Lucas


Hubbard, William DeHart (25 November 1903–23 June 1976), first African American to win an individual Olympic Games gold medal, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of William A. Hubbard. Olympic historians know nothing of his father’s occupation nor his mother’s full name at the time of her marriage. After excelling in both academics and athletics at Walnut Hills High Schools between 1918 and 1921, Hubbard entered the University of Michigan. As a freshman he tied the school record in the 50-yard dash, set a school record of 24′ 6¾″ in the long jump, and won two U.S. National Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Championships in the long jump (24′ 5½″) and triple jump (48′ 1½″). He won All-American honors in 1922, and until his graduation in 1925, his exploits reserved for him recognition as the greatest combination sprinter-jumper of the 1920s....

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