Fortune Gordien

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Fortune Gordien
Fortune Gordien 1953.jpg
Fortune Gordien in 1953
Personal information
Born September 9, 1922
Spokane, Washington, United States
Died April 10, 1990 (aged 67)
Fontana, California, United States
Alma mater University of Minnesota
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 104 kg (229 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Discus throw, shot put
Club Southern California Striders
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) DT – 59.28 m (1953)
SP – 16.51 m (1947)[1][2]

Fortune Everett Gordien (September 9, 1922 – April 10, 1990) was an American discus thrower and shot putter who set four world records in the discus throw. He competed in this event at the 1948, 1952 and 1956 Olympics and placed third, fourth and second, respectively. At the 1955 Pan American Games he won a gold medal in the discus and a silver in the shot put.[1]

Domestically Gordien won six AAU and three NCAA titles. According to the Guinness Book of Track and Field: Facts and Feats, the smallest crowd ever to see a world record may have been 48, the number attending a Pasadena, California all-comers track meet in 1953 when Gordien set his last world record that stood for six years.[3]

In the 1950s Gordien had a few minor roles in films and TV series, including The Cisco Kid (1950), Not for Hire (1959) and North to Alaska (1960).[4]


  1. ^ a b Fortune Gordien Archived March 13, 2016, at the Wayback Machine..
  2. ^ Fortune Gordien.
  3. ^ "Fortune Gordien, Discus Thrower, 67". The New York Times. April 14, 1990. Retrieved October 3, 2009. 
  4. ^ Fortune Gordien. IMDb

Preceded by
Italy Adolfo Consolini
Men's Discus World Record Holder
July 9, 1949 – June 20, 1953
Succeeded by
United States Sim Iness
Preceded by
United States Sim Iness
Men's Discus World Record Holder
July 11, 1953 – June 14, 1959
Succeeded by
Poland Edmund Piątkowski