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Eddie Southern

Eddie Southern
Personal information
Nickname(s) Silas Edward Southern
Born (1938-01-04)January 4, 1938
Dallas, Texas
Died January 28, 2009(2009-01-28) (aged 71)
Residence Dallas, Texas
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 164 lb (74 kg)
Country  United States
Event(s) 400 meters
College team University of Texas
Turned pro 1956

Eddie Southern (4 January 1938 – January 28, 2009) won the silver medal for the United States in the 1956 Summer Olympics


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Southern is a 1955 Graduate of Dallas' Sunset High School, where he won four individual State Championships and set two State and National High School Records, was an American athlete who competed mainly in the 400 meter hurdles, as well as sprints and relays. Eddie was clocked at 20.7 seconds in the 220-yard dash, best ever by a high-school student in Texas or any other state. Then he turned right around and broke the state and national records in the 440-yard event with a time of 47.2 seconds.”


Southern went onto compete in Track at the University of Texas, where he was 1959 NCAA 440 Yard Champion and a member of World Record 440 and 880 Yard Relay Teams. Running for Clyde Littlefield at the University of Texas, Southern led the Longhorns to Southwest Conference titles from 1957-59. Individually, he earned three straight 440-yard SWC championships in 1957, 1958, 1959 and the 1959 NCAA quarter-mile title. Southern ran the anchor for the world-record 440 and 880-yard relays while at UT.

World Competition

He competed for the United States in the 1956 Summer Olympics held in Melbourne, Australia in the 400 meter hurdles where he won the silver medal. As an 18 year old, Southern as a Texas youth set the Olympic Record in the 440 (50.1) in the semifinals in 1956 at Melbourne on his way to taking second to Glenn Davis (athlete).


In 1956, Eddie Southern was inducted into the Friar Society, The oldest honor society at The University of Texas, whom recognizes students who made significant contributions to The University of Texas. The Friar Society's purpose is "to associate together leading members of the senior or graduate classes for mutual benefit and cooperation, and to promote the best interests of the University and the student body."[1][2]

In January 2013, Southern was named a Member of the Texas Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Southern was inducted into Sunset High School (Texas) in Oak Cliff, Texas Hall of Fame.[3]

Southern was inducted into the Drake Relays Athletes Hall of Fame.[4]


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