Allen Tolmich

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Allan Tolmich
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1918-03-30)March 30, 1918
Detroit, Michigan
Died March 20, 2012(2012-03-20) (aged 93)
Fishers, Indiana
Sport Hurdles
College team Wayne State University

Allan Tolmich (March 30, 1918 – March 20, 2012[1] ) was a track and field athlete.[2][3]

Tolmich was born in Detroit, Michigan, and is Jewish.[3] He attended Wayne State University, joined its track team as a walk-on in 1934, and was captain of it in 1936 to 1937.[2][4][5] He was an All-American from 1937–41, and a National Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Champion in 1937, 1939, 1940, and 1941.[3][5]

Between 1936 and 1941, he set 10 world and United States indoor track and field records, including the 60-yard hurdles, 110-meter hurdles, and 120-yard hurdles, and tied 5 of them.[3][5] He was a National AAU Champion in 1937, 1939, 1940 and 1941.[3]

While at Wayne State, in 1937 he twice broke the world record in the 200 meter hurdles at the AAU Championships (running it in 23.4 seconds and 23.3 seconds, on July 3), and won the national 110 meter high hurdles.[2][3][5]

In 1939, he won the AAU national indoor 65-meter hurdles in 8.4 seconds.[2]

In 1940, he set a new world record in the indoor 60-yard hurdles at Madison Square Garden, at 8.4 seconds, breaking his own record by .01 seconds, as well as setting world records in indoor 50 low hurdles (6.0 seconds) and the 70 high hurdles (8.4 seconds).[2] In 1941, he set a new world record (5.4 seconds) in the indoor 45 low hurdles, breaking a 40-year-old record, and tied the world record in the 45 high hurdles (5.6 seconds).[2]

In August 1942, he was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Army Air Force, as World War II began to involve the United States.[6][7]

In 1976, Tolmich was inducted into the inaugural class of the Wayne State University Sports Hall of Fame.[8] He was also inducted into the Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1999, and into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.[3][5][9]


  1. ^ "Allan Tolmich Obituary". Indianapolis Star. April 12, 2012. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Bob Wechsler (2008). Day by day in Jewish sports history. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame". Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ Harold Kaese (1971). Famous American Athletes of Today, Sixth Series. Ayer Publishing. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Past Inductees". Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Hurlers Enjoy Season's Best Day". The Telegraph-Herald. August 6, 1942. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Hank Greenberg Gets Commission". The Windsor Daily Star. August 5, 1942. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  8. ^ Reminiscences of Wayne. Wayne State University Press. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  9. ^ Hadar Avraham (January 9, 2002). "American Jewry Today". The Jewish Press. Retrieved October 24, 2011.