Payton Jordan

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Birthday
19, 1917
Birthplace
Whittier, CA
Death Date
Feb 5, 2009 (91)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
19, 1917
Birthplace
Whittier, CA
Death Date
Feb 5, 2009 (91)

About

Late track and field legend best known for coaching the 1968 U.S. Olympic team which won a record 24 medals. He led Occidental College to ten league titles and two NAIA track and field championships.

Before Fame

He won two national titles as a track and field athlete at the University of Southern California and was a member of the team which set a world record in the 440-yard relay.

Trivia

He set an individual world record in the 80+ age group with a time of 30.89 seconds in the 200 meter dash.

Family Life

He was married to a woman named Margie for 66 years until her death in 2006.

Associated With

He coached track and field athlete Tommie Smith at the 1968 Olympic Games.