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FORTUNE GORDIEN DISCUS THROW (Inducted 1979)

Born September 9, 1922, Spokane, Wash. Died April 10, 1990.

A veteran of three Olympic Games, Fortune Gordien dominated the discus throw for a decade during the late 1940s and early 1950s, increasing the world record four times.

He won three national collegiate titles while at the University of Minnesota and made the 1948 Olympic team, placing third at London. He dropped to fourth at the 1952 Olympics but was second to fellow Hall of Famer Al Oerter at the 1956 Games. Gordien set his first world discus record in 1949 and improved it three times in a four-year period. With a best of 194-6, he won a half dozen AAU titles, including four in a row from 1947 to 1950. He was still throwing near the 190-foot mark at the age of 38 and threw in Masters competition at the age of 48 in 1971. A gifted magician, Gordien was a track coach by profession and two sons, Marcus and Mitch, also were nationally-ranked track athletes.

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