Dick Ault
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Personal information
Full nameRichard Francis Ault
Born(1925-12-10)December 10, 1925
St. Louis, Missouri
DiedJuly 16, 2007(2007-07-16) (aged 81)
Jefferson City, Missouri
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight78 kg (172 lb)
Country United States
Event(s)400 metres hurdles
College teamUniversity of Missouri

Richard Francis Ault (December 10, 1925 - July 16, 2007) was an American hurdler who finished fourth in the Men's 400 metres hurdles at the 1948 Summer Olympics. He set a 440-yard hurdle world record of 52.2 on August 31, 1949 at Bislett Stadion in Oslo, Norway. He attended Roosevelt High School in St. Louis, Missouri.[1][2] Ault participated in track and field at the University of Missouri and had a second-place finish in the intermediates at the 1949 AAU. He won the Big 6 220-yard low hurdles in 1946 and 1947 and the Big 7 low hurdles in 1948 and 1949. Ault was the conference champion in the 440-yard dash in 1947 and 1949.[2] He taught at Highland Park High School, where he led the cross-country team to a state championship,[3] and later became a physical education professor at Westminster College. He also coached track, cross-country, swimming, and golf at Westminster.[1] He was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.[2] He is also a member of the University of Missouri Hall of Fame and the National High School Sports Hall of Fame.[4]


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  2. ^ a b c "Dick Ault". mosportshalloffame.com. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Richard "Dick" Ault". Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Dick Ault". westminster-mo.edu. Archived from the original on 11 November 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.