Leo Sexton
Leo Sexton 1932.jpg
Leo Sexton at the 1932 Olympics
Personal information
BornAugust 27, 1909
Danvers, Massachusetts, United States
DiedSeptember 6, 1968 (aged 59)
Perry, Oklahoma, United States
Alma materGeorgetown University
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight108 kg (238 lb)
Event(s)Shot put
ClubNYAC, New York
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)16.16 m (1932)[1][2]
Medal record
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1932 Los Angeles Shot put

Leo Joseph Sexton (August 27, 1909 – September 6, 1968) was an American shot putter who won a gold medal at the 1932 Summer Olympics. Sexton was the world record holder for nearly a month in 1932. Despite his large frame (1.93 m, 108 kg), he cleared 1.96 m in the high jump in 1929. After retiring from sports he worked in insurance, becoming vice-president of a company in Perry, Oklahoma.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b Leo Sexton. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ a b Leo Sexton. trackfield.brinkster.net
Records Preceded byEmil Hirschfeld Shot put world record holder August 27, 1932 – September 24, 1932 Succeeded byFrantišek Douda