Bill McChesney (athlete)

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Bill McChesney, Jr
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1959-01-08)January 8, 1959
Eugene, Oregon
Died October 29, 1992(1992-10-29) (aged 33)
Toledo, Oregon
Sport Track
Event(s) 5000 meters, 10,000 meters
College team Oregon
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) Mile: 3:56.36[1]
3000 meters: 7:40.19[1]
5000 meters: 13:14.80[1]
10,000 meters: 27:47.25[1]

Bill McChesney, Jr. (January 8, 1959 - October 29, 1992) was an American long-distance runner from Eugene, Oregon. As of 2014, he is Oregon's record holder in the 5,000 meters.

Running career[edit]

He graduated from South Eugene High School and earned All-American honors in cross-country and track and field while attending the University of Oregon. He qualified for the 1980 U.S. Olympic team in the 5,000 meters but was unable to compete due to the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott. He did however receive one of 461 Congressional Gold Medals created especially for the spurned athletes.[2] McChesney was ranked first in America and fourth in the world in the 5,000-meters during the 1981 season.


McChesney died in a car accident in 1992 outside of Toledo, Oregon. He was 33.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d All-Athletics. "Profile of Bill McChesney". 
  2. ^ Caroccioli, Tom; Caroccioli, Jerry. Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Highland Park, IL: New Chapter Press. pp. 243–253. ISBN 978-0942257403. 
  3. ^,+the+name+'McChesney'+brings+to...-a0150023734

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