Harrison Dillard, the former Buffalo Soldier and only Olympic runner to win gold medals in both the sprints and high hurdles, has died. He was 96.
Longtime friend Ted Theodore said Dillard died Friday at the Cleveland Clinic after a fight with stomach cancer. The 1955 Sullivan Award winner as the nation's outstanding amateur athlete, Dillard was the oldest living U.S. Olympic champion.
“It is a loss for humanity,’’ Theodore said Cleveland.com. “He was an example for all of us, how to live our lives, with never an unkind word for anyone. He was a champion, a true champion.’’
Dillard was a sharpshooter in the last racially segregated unit in the U.S. Army in World War II, serving as a Buffalo Soldier in the 92nd Infantry Division. He returned to Europe a few years later for the Olympics.
In the 1948 London Games, Dillard won the 100 meters in 10.3 seconds and earned another gold medal on the United States’ 400 relay team. At the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, Dillard won his specialty, the 110 high hurdles, in 13.91, and again ran on the winning relay team. Overall, Dillard won more than 400 races — 82 in a row at one point.
Dillard won 11 indoor and outdoor national championships, including the indoor 60-yard hurdles a record eight consecutive years. Dillard won that event at the Millrose Games nine years in a row. He held world hurdles records at 60 yards indoors, and 110 yards and 220 yards outdoors.
A native of Cleveland, Dillard grew up idolizing another Cleveland native, Jesse Owens. Dillard and Owens, who won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics, graduated from Cleveland East Technical High School and starred at Baldwin Wallace College.
In 1974, Dillard was inducted into the Track and Field Hall of Fame, and in 1983 he became a charter inductee into the U.S. Olympic Committee Hall of Fame.
Bangladesh Under-19 Cricket team will play the 4th match of five-match Youth ODI series against Sri Lanka Under-19 Cricket team on Sunday eyeing the series win.
The match will kick-off at 9 am at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
The fifth and last match will be held on November 19 at the same venue in Chattogram.
Young Tigers started the Youth ODI series beating tourist Sri Lanka by 5 wickets in the 2nd match at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna on Monday as the first game was abandoned at the same venue on Saturday due to cyclonic storm ‘Bulbul’ that lashed the country’s coastal districts.
The hosts took 2-0 lead thrashing the Islanders Sri Lanka by a huge 161-run in the 3rd match at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Thursday.
Earlier, the two-match four-day Youth Test series between two teams concluded in a draw.
The rain-hit first match ended in a draw at Abdur Rab Serniabat Stadium in Barishal on October 26-29 and the 2nd match also ended in a draw at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna on November 2-5.
The sixth and final round of the National Cricket League (NCL), the most prestigious first-class cricket event of Bangladesh, will start on Saturday (November 16).
Tier-1 table topper Khulna Division will take on Dhaka Division in this round at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur while other two teams of this tier - Rangpur and Rajshahi Division - will lock horns at Shaheed Kamaruzzaman Stadium in Rajshahi.
The table-topper of Tier-1 after this round will win the title of this year’s NCL. Khulna are currently leading the table with 29.96 points from five previous matches while Dhaka Division are at number two with 24.10 points. Rajshahi and Rangpur are at number three and four with 17.11 and 11.72 respectively.
The team who will end the Tier-1 with fewer points will be demoted to Tier-2 for the next season of the event.
Tier-2 leader Sylhet Division will face Chattogram Division at Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogura while the other two teams of this tier - Barishal and Dhaka Metro - will face each other at Barishal Divisional Stadium.
The highest points getter of Tier-2 will be promoted to Tier-1 for the next season of the event. Currently, Sylhet are leading the table with 26.55 points from five games while Dhaka Metro are at number two with 21.91 points. Chattogram and Barishal are at number three and four with 19.42 and 17.62 points respectively.