John Woodruff

1915 - 2007

John Woodruff

John Youie "Long John" Woodruff (July 5, 1915 – October 30, 2007) was an American middle-distance runner, winner of the 800 m event at the 1936 Summer Olympics.Woodruff was only a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh in 1936 when he placed second at the National AAU meet and first at the Olympic Trials (in the heat 1:49.9; WR 1:49.8), earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Woodruff was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.Despite his inexperience, he was the favorite in the Olympic 800 meter run, and he did not disappoint. In one of the most exciting races in Olympic history, Woodruff became boxed in by other runners and was forced to stop running. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Woodruff has received more than 53,462 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 610th most popular athlete.

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Among athletes, John Woodruff ranks 607 out of 2,090Before him are Halvard Hanevold, Tsuyoshi Yamanaka, Jack Beresford, Arthur L. Newton, Loren Murchison, and Marie-José Pérec. After him are Sid Atkinson, Harry Watson, George Rhoden, Herb McKenley, Glenn Hardin, and Andy Stanfield.

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Among people born in 1915, John Woodruff ranks 183Before him are Priscilla Lane, Brenda Marshall, Jean Parker, Brian Shawe-Taylor, Billy Strayhorn, and Helmut Niedermayr. After him are William Hopper, Khushwant Singh, Anita Louise, Ewan MacColl, Dan Dailey, and Magda Gabor. Among people deceased in 2007, John Woodruff ranks 254Before him are Aleksandr Dedyushko, Sidney Coleman, John Gardner, Bob Clark, Seymour Benzer, and Grace Paley. After him are Herb McKenley, Dennis Johnson, Merv Griffin, Ian Wallace, Grégory Lemarchal, and Boots Randolph.

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Among people born in United States, John Woodruff ranks 7,233 out of 12,171Before him are Tatyana Ali (1979), Benjamin Harrison V (1726), Seymour Benzer (1921), Booker T. Jones (1944), Ann Sothern (1909), and Tracy McGrady (1979). After him are John Clauser (1942), Dana Carvey (1955), Scott Fahlman (1948), Jimmy Witherspoon (1920), Elaine May (1932), and Kevin Jonas (1987).