DILLARD Harisson (1923) United States / Track and field
This extraordinary American Sprinter was as eclectic as he was talented. During his Olympic career he won four gold medals, starting by becoming the hero of the London games in 1948 where he won the 100 m and lead the Americans to victory in the 4x100 m relay.Four years later in Helsinki, he again retained the gold medal won with the relay team and also won the gold in the 110 m hurdles. He was also a natural hurdler. He was supposed to represent the United States at the London Games, but fell during the American trials. Even so, he had 80 consecutive victories under his belt. As a teenager, Dillard was given a pair of spikes by Jesse Owens, which convinced him to go into athletics.