Bob McMillen (athlete)

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Olympic medal record
Men’s Athletics
Representing  United States
Silver medal – second place 1952 Helsinki 1500 metres

Robert Earl "Bob" McMillen (March 5, 1928 – April 1, 2007) was an American athlete, who competed mainly in the 1500 m.

While at Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, McMillen won the mile and set the meet record of 4:24.0 at the CIF California State Meet in 1946.[1] While at Glendale Community College he qualified for the 1948 Summer Olympics in the Steeplechase.[2] Then at Occidental College he won the 1952 NCAA Championship in the 1500 meters.

Born in Los Angeles, California, McMillen competed for the United States in the 1952 Summer Olympics held in Helsinki, Finland in the 1500 m, where he won the silver medal with a rush at the end.[3] His final sprint missed catching leader Josy Barthel by a foot and a half at the line. Both athletes were given the same time, a new Olympic record.

McMillen is a 2004 inductee into the Glendale College Athletic Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Occidental College Track and Field Hall of Fame.[4]


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External links

  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Bob McMillen". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.

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