Columbus—Today, Senate Bill 306 passed the Ohio Senate with unanimous, bipartisan support. SB 306 would designate July 8th as Harrison Dillard Day.

“Harrison Dillard is more than a history-making athlete, he is an incredible man,” said Senator Yuko (D-Richmond Heights), who sponsored the legislation. “It is only fitting that we have a day honoring this truly impressive Olympian, and I hope that the House will work quickly to pass this bill.”

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. In the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, he tied the world record for the 100-meter sprint, winning the gold in this race 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, he won gold for the 110-meter hurdles and the 4x100-meter relay.

“Harrison Dillard was an outstanding athlete – one of the most consistent hurdlers the world has ever seen,” said Senator Yuko. “I am truly proud that this inspiring and groundbreaking competitor is from Northeast Ohio.” 

Senate Bill 306 now moves to the Ohio House of Representatives for consideration.

 
 
 
  
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