Jack Yerman
Jack Yerman.jpg
Yerman, circa 1962
Personal information
Full nameJack Lloyd Yerman
BornFebruary 5, 1939 (1939-02-05) (age 83)
Oroville, California
Medal record

Jack Lloyd Yerman (born February 5, 1939) is an American former athlete and winner of the gold medal in the 4 × 400 m relay at the 1960 Summer Olympics.

Jack Yerman was sixth in the 400 m at the 1959 Pan-American Games and won the silver medal as a member of an American 4 × 400 m relay team.[1]

He won the 1960 U.S. Olympic Trials 400 m at Stanford with a time of 46.3, but at the Olympics itself, he only reached the semifinals. Jack Yerman won a gold medal as the lead-off runner with the American 4 × 400 m relay team and set a new world record of 3:02.2.[2]

Yerman also played fullback for Berkeley in the Rose Bowl.[3] Previously he ran for Woodland High School in Woodland, California, finishing third at the 1956 CIF California State Meet.[4]

Yerman lives in Paradise, California. He is a retired high school teacher and father of four.

He is a Latter-day Saint.[5] Yerman joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after his participation in the Olympics.[6]

World records

Major events

(only Jack Yerman and Bob Mathias have accomplished all three of the above)


  1. ^ "United States – 1960 Summer Olympic Medals". databaseolympics.com. Archived from the original on 30 December 2008. Retrieved 19 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Jack Yerman Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference.com. Archived from the original on 1 September 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2009.
  3. ^ "Cal sports hall of fame list". Big C (Sport). Retrieved 19 August 2009.
  4. ^ "California State Meet Results - 1915 to present".
  5. ^ Turino Archived 2008-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ LDS Church Almanac, 2009 Edition, p. 326