On this day in 1903, in Cincinnati,Ohio, William DeHart Hubbard was born.
When you think of long jumpers in history your mind will likely conjure up the names of Carl Lewis, Mike Powell, Ralph Boston, Bob Beamon or the great Jesse Owens, few will have even of heard of William DeHart Hubbard unless a real affecinado of the long jump or running broad jump as it was known back in the twenties when DeHart Hubbard jumped his way into the history books.
DeHart Hubbard attended Walnut Falls High School in the city before earning a place at the University of Michigan via a scholarship.
DeHart Hubbard was gifted academically and on the sports field and won the first of six consecutive US titles in 1922. In 1922 and 1923 he won the long jump and triple jump events at the National Championships.
In 1924 he won the Olympic Trials at Harvard University to gain a place in the American team at the Paris Olympics of that year. A top sprinter as well DeHart Hubbard decided to concentrate on the long jump and after performing relatively averagely his last jump saw him soar to 24 feet 5 and a half inches to claim the gold medal and in doing so becoming the first black African-American to win an individual gold medal at the Olympic Games.
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 in 1935. On the 13th July he broke the World record when he jumped 25 feet 10 1⁄2 inches (7.89m) in Chicago
In 1957, Hubbard was elected to the National Track Hall of Fame
Hubbard died on 23rd June 1976.