Cliff Bourland

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Olympic medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for the  United States
Gold 1948 London 4x400 m relay

Clifford Frederick Bourland (born January 1, 1921)[1] is a former American athlete who won a gold medal in the 4x400 m relay at the 1948 Summer Olympics.

Born in Los Angeles, California, of a German mother and an American father, Bourland ran in a competition for the first time in 1932. Graduating from Venice High in Los Angeles, Bourland enrolled to University of Southern California and was coached by the famous Dean Cromwell.Bourlad won the AAU championships in 400 m and the NCAA championships in 440 yd in 1942 and 1943. During the World War II, Bourland served in the Navy as a captain of a landing craft tank.At the London Olympics, Bourland was fifth in 200 m and won the gold medal as a member of American 4x400 m relay team, running the second leg in 47.3 seconds.[2]

After the Olympics, Bourland retired from sports. After a failed attempt to start a career in municipal politics, he was hired by an insurance company. In 1984 he was a part owner of the mortgage banking firm called Norris, Biggs and Simpson.[1]

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