Ben Eastman

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Olympic medal record
Men's athletics
Representing the USA
Silver medal – second place 1932 Los Angeles 400 metres

Benjamin "Ben" Bangs Eastman (July 19, 1911 – October 6, 2002), alias "Blazin' Ben", was an American middle distance runner. He was born in Burlingame, California, and graduated from Stanford University in 1933.

He competed for the United States in the 1932 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, United States in the 400 metres where he won the silver medal. He was the U.S. national 800 metres champion in 1934.

Eastman, one of three Americans to hold the world record in both the 400 and 800 meters, was voted into the Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2006. He died in Hotchkiss, Colorado, aged 91.

External links[edit]

  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Ben Eastman". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.

Preceded by
United States Emerson Spencer
Men's 400 metres World Record Holder
1932-03-26 – 1932-08-05
Succeeded by
United States Bill Carr
Preceded by
United Kingdom Tommy Hampson
Men's 800 metres World Record Holder
equalled the 1:49.8 by Tommy Hampson

1934-06-16 – 1936-08-20
Succeeded by
United States Glenn Cunningham