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Gene Abdenour

Like most senior athletes, Gene Abdenour has refused to slow down with age. In fact, Abdenour actually has gotten faster as he has gotten older. In 1990, he ran the 200 meters in 32.0 seconds. That's 4.5 seconds faster than his time when he started in seniors’ competition in 1983. Abdenour has compiled a treasure chest of medals and ribbons as a senior competitor, but perhaps none of his performances has been more impressive that his showing in the 1988 U.S. Senior Athletic Games in West Palm Beach, FL. In that meet, Abdenour finished first in the 70-74 age group in the shot put, the 50-yard dash, the 100-yard dash, the 220-yard dash and the football throw. He is currently the Ohio Senior Olympics record holder in the 100 meters (15.2 seconds), 200 meters (33.8 seconds), and the discus (98 feet, 3 inches) in the 75-79 age group. Some of his other accomplishments in national competitions, all in the 70-74 age group, include: 1987 Senior National Olympics in St. Louis, 5th in the 100 meters and 5th in the shot put. 1989 Senior National Olympics in St. Louis, 6th place in the shot put and 7th in the discus. 1991 Senior Sports Festival in Seattle, WA, 1st place in the 100 meters and 200 meters and 2nd in the discus. 1991 Senior Sports Games in Los Angeles, 2nd place in the 100 and 200 meters dashes and 3rd in the shot put. He has won the 100 and 200 meter races at the Ohio Senior Olympics in 1988, '90 and '92.

Inducted 1993 | Track & Field