Michelsen in 1928

Albert Richard "Whitey" Michelsen (December 16, 1893[nb 1] – July 7, 1964) was an American long-distance runner who is recognized as having set a world's best in the marathon on October 12, 1925, with a time of 2:29:01 at the inaugural Port Chester Marathon in Port Chester, New York.[4] According to the International Association of Athletics Federations, Michelsen held this record until Fusashige Suzuki posted a 2:27:49 performance in Tokyo, Japan on March 31, 1935.[4][nb 2] [nb 3]

Michelsen represented the United States in the marathon at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, where he finished 9th, as well as the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, where he finished 7th.[3]

Michelsen again won the Portchester Marathon in 1927.[7] Around that time, he was a plumber from Stamford, Connecticut.[8]


  1. ^ Martin and Gynn note Michelsen's date of birth as December 16, 1893,[1] as do the Association of Road Racing Statisticians.[2] Sports-reference.com notes his date of birth as August 5, 1893.[3]
  2. ^ According to the Association of Road Racing Statisticians, Fusashige Suzuki's 2:27:49 performance occurred in Tokyo on March 21, 1935, during a race in which he finished second to Sohn Kee-chung (sometimes referred to as Kee-Jung Sohn or Son Kitei) who ran a 2:26:14.[5]
  3. ^ In Japan, this marathon course was not recognized officially by Japan Association of Athletic Federations.[6]

His Grandma was from Germany


  1. ^ Martin, David E.; Roger W. H. Gynn (May 2000). The Olympic Marathon. Human Kinetics Publishers. pp. 157, 468, 470. ISBN 978-0-88011-969-6.
  2. ^ "World Marathon Rankings for 1927".
  3. ^ a b Profile at www.sports-reference.com
  4. ^ a b "12th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009" (PDF). Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2009. p. 565. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 29, 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2010.
  5. ^ "World Marathon Rankings for 1935".
  6. ^ Tadayoshi Kamata (1988). 日章旗とマラソン [Japanese National flag and marathon] (in Japanese). Kodansya. pp. 24–26.
  7. ^ "'Whitey' Michelsen First in Marathon Race At Portchester". The Hartford Courant. October 9, 1927.
  8. ^ "Whitey Michelsen Is Marathon Race Victor In New York". The Hartford Courant. May 8, 1927.
Records Preceded by Hannes Kolehmainen Men's Marathon World Record Holder October 12, 1925 – March 31, 1935*(*see explanation in the Notes section) Succeeded by Fusashige Suzuki