Died: Oct. 30, 2007
(Fountain Hills, Arizona)
Best Known as: Olympic gold medalist in 1936 Berlin Games
Olympic runner who won gold in the 800-meter race during the 1936
Berlin Olympics. With no international experience 21-year-old Woodruff
astonished the world of sports with his win. Early in the race he became
trapped in the cluster of runners, so he stopped and let them all run past
him. With racing room and an explosive 9-foot stride he sprinted past
everyone and won in 1 minute 52.9 seconds. Woodruff was the last survivor
of the 12 American men who won gold medals in track and field events in
1936. He was a member of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame and a
charter member of the Penn relays Wall of Fame at the University of
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