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Tom Courtney

1933 - 2023

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Thomas William Courtney (August 17, 1933 – August 22, 2023) was an American athlete and winner of two gold medals in the 1956 Olympic Games. Born in South Orange, New Jersey, and raised in Livingston, New Jersey, Courtney's father was a former minor-league baseball player.Courtney was a top runner at James Caldwell High School and came into national prominence while a student at Fordham University, winning the 1955 NCAA 880 yd (805 m) title.An AAU champion in 400 m at 1956 and in 880 yd (805 m) at 1957 and 1958, Courtney had a memorable duel with Derek Johnson of Great Britain in the 1956 Olympic 800 m final. Johnson took a narrow lead with 40 meters to go, but finally Courtney won by 0.13 seconds, and collapsed with exhaustion. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Tom Courtney has received more than 78,184 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Tom Courtney is the 1,453rd most popular athlete (down from 887th in 2019), the 10,513th most popular biography from United States (down from 9,477th in 2019) and the 271st most popular American Athlete.

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Among athletes, Tom Courtney ranks 1,453 out of 3,059Before him are Ghada Shouaa, Kílian Jornet Burgada, Ferenc Németh, William Jones, Joaquim Cruz, and Kaarlo Maaninka. After him are Arvo Viitanen, Randy Matson, Marcel Hansenne, Nijolė Sabaitė, Wesley Coe, and Claude Piquemal.

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Among people born in 1933, Tom Courtney ranks 448Before him are Chita Rivera, Penelope Lively, Michael Novak, Pete Wilson, Maurice Stokes, and John Cannon. After him are Jeffrey Goldstone, Renato Pirocchi, Jerry Pournelle, Chris Lawrence, Sergio Renán, and Leonard Peikoff. Among people deceased in 2023, Tom Courtney ranks 361Before him are Rolf Harris, Benjamin Zephaniah, Sergio Gori, James Hartle, Charlie Dominici, and Nigel Lawson. After him are Dick Butkus, Ama Ata Aidoo, Barrett Strong, Stéphane Demol, Viktor Mamatov, and Richard Moll.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Tom Courtney ranks 10,513 out of 18,182Before him are Sydney Schanberg (1934), Stuart Pankin (1946), Christa Miller (1964), Laurie Bird (1952), Ed King (1949), and Josh White (1914). After him are Stephen Vincent Benét (1898), Warren Frost (1925), Randy Matson (1945), Jack Lew (1955), Ian Wolfe (1896), and Sheila Young (1950).

Among ATHLETES In United States

Among athletes born in United States, Tom Courtney ranks 271Before him are George Saling (1909), Otis Davis (1932), Tommy Kono (1930), Josiah McCracken (1874), Vincent Matthews (1947), and Frank Hussey (1905). After him are Randy Matson (1945), Wesley Coe (1879), John Woodruff (1915), George Simpson (1908), Hector Dyer (1910), and Earl Eby (1894).