Tell Berna

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Tell Berna
Personal information
Born July 24, 1891
Pelham Manor, New York, United States
Died April 5, 1975 (aged 83)
Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)
Sport Running
Club Cornell Big Red, Ithaca

Tell Schirnding Berna (July 24, 1891 – April 5, 1975) was an American middle-distance and long-distance runner.

His 1912 American record at two miles stood for twenty years. He competed for the United States in the 1912 Summer Olympics held in Stockholm, Sweden in the 3000 metre team where he won the gold medal with his team mates Norman Taber and George Bonhag. He also finished fifth in the individual 5000 meters.

Berna graduated from Cornell University in 1912 and was a member of the Sphinx Head Society. After college, Berna had a career in the machine tool industry; in 1937 he became general secretary of the National Machine Tools Business Association, and he served in that post through World War II.[1] He was serving as general manager of the organization in 1950 when he contributed an article to American Affairs.[2]


  1. ^ "Tell Berna". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. 
  2. ^ Berna, Tell (October 1950). "Strangling Our Machine Tools" (PDF). American Affairs. 12 (4): 219.