COLUMBUS—Yesterday, State Senator Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) introduced Senate Bill 62, which would designate July 8th as William Harrison Dillard Day in Ohio.

“Harrison Dillard is an outstanding athlete and one of the most consistent hurdlers the world has ever seen,” said Senator Yuko. “It is only fitting that we have a day honoring this truly impressive Olympian.”

William Harrison Dillard is the only man who has ever won Olympic medals in both sprinting and hurdles. Dillard was born in Cleveland, attended East Technical High School, and entered Baldwin-Wallace College in 1941. During the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, he tied the world record for the 100-meter sprint, winning the gold in the first use of a photo finish at an Olympic Game. He also won gold in 1948 for the 4x100-meter relay. At the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Dillard won gold for the 110-meter hurdles and the 4x100 meter relay.

“Harrison Dillard is more than a history-making athlete, he is an incredible man,” said Senator Yuko. “I am truly proud that Mr. Dillard resides in my district and continues to inspire future generations.”

Senator Yuko introduced similar legislation during the 131st General Assembly. It passed the Senate with unanimous, bipartisan support, but did not pass the House.

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