John Oliver Macdonald in his Olympic jacket
John Oliver Macdonald in his Olympic jacket
Olympic medal record
Men's athletics
Representing the  United States
Gold medal – first place 1924 Paris 4x400 m relay

J. Oliver Macdonald (February 20, 1904 in Paterson, New Jersey - April 14, 1973 in Flemington, New Jersey) was an American athlete, winner of gold medal in 4 × 400 m relay at the 1924 Summer Olympics.[1]

At the Paris Olympics, John Oliver Macdonald ran the third leg in the American 4 × 400 m relay team, which won the gold medal with a new world record of 3.16.0.[2]

John Oliver MacDonald graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1927. During his HS and college career he won 91 medals. He was known as Mac during his racing career and later JO by family and friends. He had two children, Judith L. Macdonald and Jay Oliver Macdonald, deceased. He had a successful dental career. He owned purebred Beagles and use to run his dogs in sanctioned field trials. He retired in 1960 and moved to Flemington, NJ and sold real estate.


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Oliver MacDonald Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 18, 2020. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "Oliver Macdonald". Olympedia. Retrieved 27 September 2021.