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Dave Wottle

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Inducted: 1982, athlete

Born: August 7, 1950 - Canton, Ohio

Events
800 m - 1:44.30
1 mi. - 3:53.30


Dave Wottle's dramatic stretch run earned him an upset victory in the 800 meters and established him as one of the stars of the 1972 Olympic Games. As a student at Bowling Green State University, Wottle first came on the national scene in 1970 when he finished second in the NCAA championship mile. Injuries sidelined him in 1971 but a year later he came back and won the national collegiate 1500m and the National AAU 800m before tying the world 800 record of 1:44.3 at the Olympic Trials. He also qualified in the 1500m, but was eliminated in the semi-finals of that event. In 1973, he won the NCAA mile in 1973, then turned professional and eventually became a college track coach and academic administrator at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn.

Records Held
World Record: 800 m - 1:44.30 (July 1, 1972 - )

Championships
1972 Olympics: 800 m (1st)
1972 AAU: 800 m (1st)
1970 NCAA: 1 mi. (2nd)
1972 NCAA: 1,500 m (1st)
1973 NCAA: 1 mi. (1st)

Education
undergraduate: Bowling Green State (Bowling Green, Ohio), 1973

Occupations
Academic administrator
Coach

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