Inducted: 1981, athlete
Born: January 26, 1908 - Hardinsburg, Kentucky
Deceased: March 27, 1990
110 m hurdles - 14.20
An outstanding track and field athlete and coach, Percy Beard was a world-class hurdler with both Auburn University and the New York A.C. He set a world record of 14.2 in the 120-yard high hurdles in 1931 and tied the record in 1934. A seven-time National AAU high hurdles champion, Beard was the silver medalist at the 1932 Olympic Games, finishing second to George Sailing of the U.S. after hitting the sixth hurdle. While at Auburn, Beard's coach was Wilbur Hutsell, also a Hall of Fame enshrine. Beard later became an outstanding coach at the University of Florida from 1937 to 1964. He used his civil engineering education to become a pioneer in the development of all-weather tracks.
World Record: 110 m hurdles - 14.20 (August 6, 1934 - )
1932 Olympics: (2nd)
undergraduate: Auburn (Auburn, Alabama), 1935