July 8, 1924: At the Paris summer Olympic games, DeHart Hubbard becomes the first African American to win an Olympic gold medal in an individual event. At Olympic Stadium in Colombes, Hubbard was favored in the long jump, even though he struggled in the qualifiers.
He won the gold with a leap of 24 feet, 5 inches (7.44 meters).
Hubbard would set the long jump world record in 1925 at Chicago’s Stagg Field with 25 feet, 10 5/8 inches (7.89 meters). The record stood for 3 years. In 1926, he equaled the world record of 9.6 seconds for the 100-yard dash in Cincinnati, Ohio.
DeHart Hubbard, born as William DeHart Hubbard in Cincinnati, Ohio, attended and graduated from Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati. He graduated with honors from the University of Michigan in 1927, where he was a three-time National Collegiate Athletic Association champion (1923 & 1925: outdoor long jump, 1925: 100-yard dash) and seven-time Big Ten Conference champion in track and field (1923 & 1925: indoor 50-yard dash, 1923, 1924, & 1925: outdoor long jump, 1924 & 1925: outdoor 100-yard dash).
His 1925 outdoor long jump of 25 feet, 10 1/2 inches (7.89 m) stood as the Michigan Wolverines team record until 1980. His 1925 jump of 25 feet, 3 1/2 inches (7.71 m) stood as a Big Ten Championships record until Jesse Owens broke it with what is now the current record of 26 feet, 8 1/2 inches (8.13 m) in 1935.
Upon college graduation, he accepted a position as the supervisor of the Department of Colored Work for the Cincinnati Public Recreation Commission. He remained in this position until 1941. He then accepted a job as the manager of Valley Homes, a public housing project in Cincinnati.
In 1942 he moved to Cleveland, Ohio where he served as a race relations adviser for the Federal Housing Authority. He retired in 1969. He died in Cleveland in 1976.
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