Foy Draper

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Foy Draper
Medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 1936 Berlin 4x100 m relay

Foy Draper (November 26, 1911 – February 1, 1943) was an American athlete, winner of gold medal in 4x100 m relay at the 1936 Summer Olympics. As a University of Southern California student, Foy Draper won the IC4A championships in 200 m in 1935.

It has been reported he held the world record for the 100 yard dash, at the time that would have been a hand timed 9.4, made all that more remarkable with Draper standing only 5'5"[1]

At the Berlin Olympics, Draper ran the third leg in the American 4x100 m relay team, which won the gold medal with a new world record of 39.8.[2]

During World War II, Draper served as a pilot on a twin-engine attack bomber A-20B 'Havoc' in Thelepte, Tunisia. On January 4, 1943, Draper took off to fly to Fonduck, Tunisia to take part of the battle of Kassarine Pass. Draper and his two crewmen never returned and his death date is usually given as February 1, 1943. He is buried in the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial administered by the American Battle Monuments Commission in Carthage, Tunisia. His gravestone shows January 4, 1943 as his date of death.


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