Herb Douglas

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Olympic medal record
Men’s athletics
Representing  United States
Bronze medal – third place 1948 London Long jump

Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. (born March 9, 1922) was an American athlete who competed mainly in the long jump. He represented the U.S. in that event at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, where he won the bronze medal.

Competition in the long jump was particularly keen at the London Games. Willie Steel of the United States won the gold medal at 25' 8"; Australia's Theo Bruce came in second, taking the silver medal at 24' 9.5". Herb Douglas captured the bronze with a jump of 24' 9", and Lorenzo Wright of the United States ended up fourth at 24' 5.25".

Prior to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games Douglas was recognised as the oldest living African-American Olympic medalist.[1]

Douglas graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1940 and was inducted into their alumni hall of fame in 2009.[2]


  1. ^ Herb Douglas, Oldest Living African-American Olympic Medalist, Reflects On 1948 London Games
  2. ^ Hecht, Steve (August 27, 2009). "Comedian Marty Allen part of Allderdice's first hall class". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 

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