COLUMBUS— Yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko’s bill, Senate Bill 62, passed the Ohio Senate with unanimous, bipartisan support. SB 62 would designate July 8th as Harrison Dillard Day. 

“Harrison Dillard – one of the world’s most consistent and accomplished hurdlers – is an inspiration to all Ohioans both on and off the track,” said Senator Yuko. “He has represented our great state on the world stage with honor. We should be proud to give him the recognition that he has not only earned but deserves.”

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. At the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, he tied the world record for the 100-meter sprint, winning 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.

“It is my sincere hope that the House of Representatives will be able to work together to help this bill become law,” said Senator Yuko. “This is a piece of legislation that I believe everyone can get behind – honoring a great Ohio hero.” 

Senate Bill 62 now moves to the Ohio House of Representatives for consideration.

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