Sprintic Magazine

Subscribe to the Sprintic Magazine Newsletter and receive track and field news, articles, training descriptions, photo and video sections updates. We have 1800+ subscribers already!

Thomas Edward "Eddie" Tolan

American athlete Thomas Edward "Eddie" Tolan was born on September 29, 1908. At the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, he won gold medals in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

Born in Denver, Colorado, Eddie Tolan, also an American football player, won Michigan state championships as a high school boy. When he studied at the University of Michigan, Tolan set a World Record of 9,5 in the 100 yd dash, which gained him instantaneous fame in his home country. That same year, he also equalled the World Record in the 100 m on numerous occasions.

In 1932, by then winner of several AAU Championships, Tolan qualifies for the 100 m and 200 m in the Olympic Games to be held in Los Angeles, although Ralph Metcalfe beats him twice in the Olympic Trials. However, the finishing order at the Games themselves is the other way round; Tolan set two Olympic Records to win both sprint events. Remarkably, neither Tolan nor Metcalfe was part of the American 4 x 100 m relay team, which nevertheless won that event in a new World Record.

After the Games, Tolan quit running, although he did use his talent to run in several professional races later on. Tolan later became a vaudeville performer and, eventually, a school teacher. He died in Detroit, Michigan at age 58 of a heart attack.



Bookmark and share this article:

 Facebook

 del.icio.us

 Netscape

 Digg


Complete Speed Training

The FIRST and ONLY All-Inclusive, Step by Step, Speed Development Program to Show You Exactly How to Make Your Athletes Faster and More a Athletic Than the Competition!



DVD #1: Pre Competition
DVD #2: Agility Training
DVD #3: Hardcore Conditioning
DVD #4: High Powered Training
DVD #5: Pure Speed Training


- Quick and easy methods for getting more done in less time so you can focus on the skills specific to your sport.

- Easy to understand and apply strategies for speed development.

- Clear progressions that can be used for beginner and advanced athletes at the same practice.

- Drills and exercises on video so you can see exactly how to perform and teach drills properly.

- Specific instructions detailing how, where and when to use each movement without having “to earn a degree in exercise science or biomechanics”

- Proven sample workouts and programs you can instantly bring to practice – the same day your program arrives


Order Now