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Harry "Butch" Reynolds

Called the “World’s Fastest Human” for over eleven years, Butch Reynolds was the world record holder in the 400 meter dash from 1988 to 1999. The Akron-born Reynolds displayed his superior talents first at Archbishop Hoban High School. Although he was an outstanding trackster at Hoban, his prep career gave little hint as to how successful Butch would be in the collegiate ranks and in world class competition. After graduating from Hoban in 1983, he attended Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas earning an Associate Degree in Science, Business and Marketing, while honing his track skills. He then enrolled at Ohio State in 1985. It took him a few years to peak but in 1988 he set the 400 meter record of 44.10. Reynolds record setting run earned him the “Performance of the Decade" title in the Big Ten. Reynolds dominated the conference, becoming a five-time Big Ten champion in the 400 meters and the 400meter relay. He also added to his list of accomplishments by winning the NCAA title in the 400. Butch then set his sights on the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea where he was the favorite to capture the 400 meter dash. Although running a great race he was edged by Steve Lewis of the USA finishing second. In addition to Korea, Reynolds competed in two other Olympics— ’92 in Barcelona, Spain and ’96 in Atlanta. In all, he won two gold medals in the 400mx4 relay and one silver in the 400 meter dash. He didn’t limit his running skills to only the Olympics, competing in four World Championship competitions from 1987 to 1997. He dominated the fields at these events, winning five gold medals, three silver and one bronze. He was inducted into the Hoban Hall of Fame, the Ohio State Hall of Fame and the Drake Relay’s Hall of Fame.

Inducted 2005 | Track & Field