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HAROLD OSBORN HIGH JUMP-DECATHLON (Inducted 1974)

Born April 13, 1899, Butler, Ill. Died April 5, 1975.

Harold Osborn earned his place in track and field history at the 1924 Olympics when he won the high jump and the decathlon, the only person to ever win an individual event and the decathlon in Olympic competition.

A graduate of the University of Illinois, Osborn had a career that spanned 16 years and included world records in both the high jump and the decathlon. He also competed in the 1928 Olympic high jump but placed fifth. He tied for the 1922 national collegiate high jump title and in AAU competition won six high jump titles outright, including four indoors, and tied for another. He also won three AAU decathlon titles and overall captured 18 AAU titles in nine different events. He later became an osteopath and helped coach the University of Illinois track team.

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