Harold Barron
Harold Barron at the 1920 Olympics
Personal information
BornAugust 29, 1894
Berwyn, Pennsylvania, United States
DiedOctober 5, 1978 (aged 84)
San Francisco, United States
Alma materPennsylvania State University
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb)
Event110 m hurdles
ClubMeadowbrook Club, Philadelphia
Achievements and titles
Personal best120 ydH – 15.0 (1917)
Medal record
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1920 Antwerp 110 m hurdles

Harold Earl Barron (August 29, 1894 – October 5, 1978) was an American sprinter.[1] He specialized in the 110 m hurdles, in which he won a silver medal at the 1920 Summer Olympics.[2]

Nationally Barron won the AAU hurdles title in 1917 and 1920 and the NCAA title in 1922. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University he worked as an athletics coach at Mercersburg Academy, then Cascadilla School in New York, and finally at Georgia Institute of Technology.[2]

In 1930 Barron, along with Earl Thomson and Harry Hillman, was involved in the design of a new safer hurdle, with a view to reducing the danger of bad falls and injuries.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Harold Barron". Olympedia. Retrieved July 15, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Harold Barron. sports-reference.com
  3. ^ Coaches Design New Track Hurdle to Prevent Falls, Alton Evening Telegraph, July 8, 1930