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RICK WOHLHUTER MIDDLE DISTANCES (Inducted 1990)

Born December 23, 1948, at Geneva, Ill.

The top American half miler of the mid-seventies, Rick Wohlhuter was a two-time Olympian and the last American man to qualify for the Games in both the 800 and 1,500-meter events. A Notre Dame graduate, Wohlhuter won the IC4A 880-yard title in 1971 and in 1972 qualified for his first Olympic team. A fall in the 800-meter heats at Munich cost him a chance for a medal.

Between Olympics, the 5-9, 130-pound Wohlhuter broke the U.S. record for the 800 meters twice and twice set world records for the 880-yard event. He added a world record for the 1,000 meters in 1974, beginning a three-year lock on the U.S. indoor 1,000-yard title that season. Wohlhuter also won national outdoor 800 titles in 1973 and 1974. His great 1974 season earned him the Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete. In 1976, he qualified for both the 800 and 1,500 at the Olympics. At Montreal, Wohlhuter took a bronze in the 800 and placed sixth in the 1,500. He later became a salesman.

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