Paul Drayton (athlete)

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Paul Drayton
Paul Drayton, Henry Carr, Edwin Roberts 1964.jpg
Paul Drayton (left) at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Born May 8, 1939
Glen Cove, New York, United States
Died March 2, 2010 (aged 70)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Sport
Sport Sprint running
Club U.S. Army
Villanova Wildcats
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 100 yd – 9.3 (1961)
100 m – 10.2 (1962)
200 m – 20.55 (1962)
440 yd – 47.2 (1964)

Otis Paul Drayton (May 8, 1939 – March 2, 2010) was an American sprint runner. He was an AAU champion in the 220 yd (200 m) sprint from 1961 to 1963. In 1961, he was a member of the world record of 39.1 seconds setting American 4 × 100 m relay team, and equaled the 200 m world record of 20.5 s in 1962. At the 1964 Olympics, Drayton won a silver medal in the 200 m and ran the opening leg for the gold medal winning American 4 × 100 m relay team, which set a world record at 39.06 seconds.[1]

In retirement Drayton lived with his wife near Cleveland, Ohio, where he worked as deputy project director for the city's Division of Recreation and then at the sheriff's department.[1] He died on March 2, 2010, of a pulmonary embolism following cancer surgery.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Paul Drayton. Sports Reference.com
  2. ^ "Cleveland Olympian Paul Drayton dies at age 70 from cancer". cleveland.com. March 2, 2010. Retrieved March 2, 2010.