Phil Coleman
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Full namePhilip Yates Coleman
Born(1931-07-10)July 10, 1931
Champaign, Illinois, U.S.
DiedJuly 25, 2021(2021-07-25) (aged 90)[1]

Philip Yates Coleman (July 10, 1931 – July 25, 2021) was a middle- and long-distance runner from the United States. He was born in Champaign, Illinois. He won the gold medal in the men's 3000 metres steeplechase event at the 1959 Pan American Games. Coleman attended Southern Illinois University (1948 - 1952, spent two years in the Army (where he developed as a steeplechaser, teaching himself to huddle) and becoming inter service steeplechase champion . He attended graduate school at the University of Illinois (1954 – 1964), meanwhile competing for The University of Chicago Track Club. He was a member of the 1956 and 1960 Olympic teams. He retired from running in 1960, wrote an article for Sports Illustrated “Idea of an Amateur, 1962, for which he was awarded the Mohammed Taher trophy by the International Olympic committee. With his thesis, “Mark Twain’s Desperate Naturalism” completed, he received a PhD in Literature in 1964. He taught literature and served as dean at California University of Pennsylvania, retiring in 1998.

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