Born July 1, 1910, Derma, Miss. Died March 6, 1975.
The holder of one of the most durable records in track and field history, Glenn "Slats" Hardin was the world's dominant 400-meter hurdler in the 1930s. He competed in both Olympic Games of that decade and was equally as tough in the 400 flat race.
A versatile athlete at Louisiana State University where he won four national collegiate titles, two in the 440 flat race and two in the 220-yard low hurdles, Hardin was second in the 400 hurdles at the 1932 Olympic Games in 52.0 but was given credit for a world record when the winner, Robert Tisdall of Ireland, knocked down a hurdle, an error that in those days disqualified a performance for world record consideration. Hardin twice more lowered the world mark and his 50.6 effort in 1934 lasted until 1953, one of the longest tenures of any world record holder. In 1936, Hardin finally got his Olympic gold medal and retired soon after, having been unbeaten in the 400 hurdles since the 1932 Olympics. He won three AAU intermediate hurdles titles and his best times of 46.8 for the 440 flat and 50.6 for the 400 hurdles are still impressive by today's standards. A son, Billy, also was a world-class 400 hurdler and competed in the 1964 Olympic Games.