Ken Carpenter (athlete)

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Olympic medal record
Men’s athletics
Competitor for the  United States
Gold medal – first place 1936 Berlin Discus throw

William Kenneth ("Ken") Carpenter (April 19, 1913 – March 15, 1984) was the USC's first two-time NCAA champion in a weight event. In 1936, Carpenter captured the gold medal in the discus throw at the 1936 Summer Olympics with a toss of 50.48 meters. Between 1936 and 1940, he held the American record in discus and won the NCAA national title with a toss of 157 feet.

Carpenter graduated from Compton High School, where he was a track and field star. After attending USC, Carpenter went on to serve in the Navy and then began his career as a coach and teacher at the College of the Sequoias and Compton Community College. [1]

Carpenter died at the age of 70 in 1984.

On May 26, 2012 Carpenter was inducted into the Compton Community College Athletics Hall of Fame, under the category of Track & Field/Cross Country.

Carpenter was the father of Jay Thomas Show radio personality "Stoner Ken".

In Popular Culture[edit]

Carpenter appears in Leni Riefenstahl's film of the 1936 Olympic Games, Olympia.

Carpenter is also mentioned by Viktor Chemmel, a character in Markus Zusak's 2006 bestselling novel The Book Thief.