Millard Hampton

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Millard Hampton
Millard Hampton with Coach Bert Bonanno.jpg
Hampton (right) with Coach Bert Bonnano
Medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 1976 Montreal 4x100 metres relay
Silver 1976 Montreal 200 metres

Millard Frank Hampton, Jr. (born July 8, 1956) is a former American athlete, winner of gold medal in 4x100 m relay and the individual silver medal in the 200 meters at the 1976 Summer Olympics.[1]

Born in Fresno, California, Millard Hampton was an AAU champion in 200 m in 1976. His father, Millard Hampton, Sr. was a top sprinter in his own right, placing as high as second in the CIF California State Meet 220 yards in 1952.

Millard Hampton attended Silver Creek High School in San Jose, California, where he was coached by former San Jose State great Bobby Poynter, graduating in 1974 and continues to hold the school record in the 100 m at 10.4 sec. and the 200 m record at 20.8 sec. While at Silver Creek, in 1974 he won the CIF California State Meet title that had eluded his father.[2]

Next Hampton went to San Jose City College (SJCC) where he was coached by Bobby Poynter and Bert Bonnano. While at SJCC, Hampton won the 1976 Olympic Trials and at the Montreal Olympics, Hampton won silver medal in the 200 meters and ran the third leg in the gold medal winning American 4 x 100 metres relay team.

Hampton continued his education at UCLA and was considered a favorite for another Olympic team [1] before the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott.

Another Silver Creek graduate, Andre Phillips won the Gold medal in the 400 metres hurdles at the 1988 Summer Olympics, making for a rare instance when two Olympic Gold medalists have come from the same high school. The high school website claims eight schools. The school has honored both by hosting the "Hamption Phillips Classic" named in their honor.[3]

He currently resides in Elk Grove, CA

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jamaica Donald Quarrie
Men's 200 metres best year performance
1976
Succeeded by
Cuba Silvio Leonard