Herb Barten
Personal information
Born (1928-01-13) January 13, 1928 (age 94)
Weight141 lb (64 kg)
Country United States
Event(s)800 m
College teamMichigan Wolverines
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)800 m: 1:50.1

880 yds: 1:49.8

1 Mile: 4:14.6

Herb Barten (born January 13, 1928) is an American former middle distance runner who competed in the 1948 Summer Olympics,[1] where he placed fourth with a time of 1:50.1 in the 800 meter.[2] Barten was the AAU 800 meter champion in 1948 and placed second the following year. Barten attended the University of Michigan from 1946 to 1949, where he claimed five individual Big Ten titles. In 2007, he was inducted into the Michigan Men's Track and Field hall of fame.[3] As of 2016, Barten resides in Clemson, South Carolina where he "enjoys watching the youngsters compete [in the Olympics] every four years."[4]

1948 London Olympics

Round 1

The first four in each heat qualified for the Semi-finals.[5]

Heat 2

Rank Country Athletes Time (hand)
1  United States Herb Barten 1:55.6


Heat 3

Rank Country Athletes Time (hand)
1  United States Herb Barten 1:51.7


Rank Name Nationality Time (hand)
1st place, gold medalist(s) Mal Whitfield  United States 1:49.2
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Arthur Wint  Jamaica 1:49.5
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Marcel Hansenne  France 1:49.8
4 Herb Barten  United States 1:50.1



  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Herb Barten". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on November 13, 2012. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Athletics at the 1948 London Summer Games: Men's 800 metres". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on April 17, 2020. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  3. ^ "Michigan Men's Track & Field Hall of Fame - University of Michigan". University of Michigan Athletics. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  4. ^ Gaither, Mandy (August 4, 2016). "Upstate man competed in 1948 Olympics". WYFF. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  5. ^ THE OFFICIAL REPORT OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR THE XIV OLYMPIAD. LONDON: THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR THE XIV OLYMPIAD. 1948. p. 248. Archived from the original on August 27, 2015. Retrieved February 24, 2015.