Jerome Biffle

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Jerome Biffle
Jerome Biffle 1950.jpg
Biffle in 1950
Personal information
Born March 20, 1928
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Died September 4, 2002 (aged 74)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 79 kg (174 lb)
Sport
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Long jump, high jump, sprint
Club U.S. Army
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) LJ – 7.81 m (1950)
HJ – 1.981 m (1948)
100 yd – 9.6 (1948)
100 m – 10.4 (1952)[1][2]
Biffle with wife and daughter in 1967

Jerome Cousins Biffle (March 20, 1928 – September 4, 2002) was an American athlete who competed mainly in the long jump.

Biffle was born in Denver, Colorado, and attended Denver East High School, where he won all-state honors in the 100 and 220-yard sprints, high jump and broad jump before landing at the University of Denver. Biffle was known as "the one-man track team" while attending university. He led the Pioneers to the Skyline Conference title in 1949. In 1950, Biffle captured first-place finishes at the Kansas, Drake, and West Coast Relays, which were known as the "big three" of college track events during that period, as well as winning the NCAA long jump title. In that same year, Biffle was named Track and Field News top collegiate track star. After graduating from university, he joined the U.S. Army in 1951. Next year he earned a spot on the 1952 U.S. Olympic team and won a gold medal on his final attempt in the Olympic final.[1]

Biffle later became a track coach and youth counselor at Denver East. In conjunction with Murray S. Hoffman, MD (President of the Colorado Heart Association) and Marilyn Van Derbur (1958 Miss America) he worked with the Colorado Heart Association to establish one of the earliest jogging programs to promote heart health. He died in Denver in 2002 from pulmonary fibrosis.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Jerome Biffle Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ Jerome Biffle. trackfield.brinkster.net