Stone in 1949
19 November 1922|
Brooklyn, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Height||175 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||61 kg (134 lb)|
|Event(s)||1500–10,000 m, steeplechase|
|Club||New York Athletic Club|
|Achievements and titles|
1500 m – 3:55.2 (1950)|
5000 m – 14:27.0 (1952)
10,000 m – 30:33.4 (1952)
3000 mS – 9:08.6 (1950)
Curtis Charles "Curt" Stone (born 19 November 1922) is a retired long-distance runner from the United States. He competed in the 5000 m at the 1948, 1952 and 1956 Olympics with the best result of sixth place in 1948.
During the 3,000 m steeplechase at the 1951 Pan American Games, Stone was easily ahead but slowed on the final straightaway to allow teammate Browning Ross to catch up. The two crossed the finish line hand in hand forcing a tie for first place. Argentine officials debated whether to disqualify the pair for helping each other, but ultimately let the results stand, ranking Stone as first after a close examination of the finish photograph. At those Games, Stone also won the 10,000 m and placed fourth in the 1500 m final.
Stone won 13 AAU titles, including four in the 6-miles/10,000 m in 1951–54 and three in the 5000 m in 1947–48 and 1952. During World War II he served in the 95th Air Base Wing near Horham, England. He then graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1947, defended a PhD in education there in 1963, and became a professor at Kent State University.
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