Emerson Spencer at the 1928 Olympics
October 10, 1906|
San Francisco, California, USA
|Died||May 15, 1985
Palo Alto, California, USA
|Alma mater||Stanford University|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||72 kg (159 lb)|
|Event(s)||400 m, 400 m hurdles|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||400 m – 47.0 (1928)
400 mH – 55.7 (1926)
Emerson Lane "Bud" Spencer (October 10, 1906 – May 15, 1985) was an American sprint runner who won a gold medal in the 4 × 400 m relay at the 1928 Summer Olympics, breaking the world record in the process. A week later he helped to set another world record, at 3.13.4 in the 4×440 yard relay in London.
Early in his career, Spencer competed in the hurdles in addition to sprinting. In 1924 he was seriously injured in a car accident; he completely lost sight in one of his eyes and missed the 1925 track season.
In 1926 Spencer won his first major title, the 1926 AAU junior championships in the 440 yd hurdles. Next year he won the NCAA 440 yd event in 47.7 seconds, which was the world's fastest time that year. In May 1928 he set a world record in the 400 m at 47.0 s, but failed at the Olympic Trials and was only selected for the US team in the relay. After retiring from competitions he worked as the sports editor of San Francisco News and then as athletics coach at Stanford University, his alma mater.
On September 1, 1931, Spencer married Laura 'Henrietta' Halliday, daughter of Dr. John LeRoy and Tacy Marie Halliday.
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