Rick Wohlhuter
Wohlhuter at the finish of the 800 m race at the 1976 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1948-12-23) December 23, 1948 (age 75)
St. Charles, Illinois, U.S.
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight60 kg (132 lb)
Event400–1500 m
ClubChicago Track Club
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)440 yd – 48.5 (1970)
800 – 1:43.4y (1974)
1500 m – 3:36.4 (1975)
Mile – 3:53.3 (1975)[1]
Medal record
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1976 Montreal 800 meters

Rick Wohlhuter (born December 23, 1948) is a retired American middle-distance runner.

Wohlhuter won the national indoor championship in the 600 yards in 1970. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1971, and later qualified for the 1972 and 1976 Olympics. In 1976 he finished sixth in the 1500 meters. In the 800 metres, he was initially disqualified for bumping Seymour Newman in the semi-final, but reinstated on appeal and went on to win the bronze medal,[2] behind Alberto Juantorena who broke the world record and Ivo Van Damme of Belgium.[3]

Wohlhuter was the U.S. national champion for the 800 meters in 1973 and 1974 and was ranked #1 in the world both years by Track & Field News. Also in 1974, Wohlhuter won the first of three indoor 1000 yard U.S. national titles, set a world record in the 880 yards at 1:44.10 (1:43.5 at 800 meters),[4] and a world record in the 1000 meter event at 2:13.9, which remains the longest standing American outdoor record.[5] He won the James E. Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete for his achievements in 1974.

Wohlhuter retired in 1977. He contemplated a comeback in 1980, but reconsidered after learning about the American boycott of the Moscow Olympics. He began working in the insurance business instead.[3]


  1. ^ "Rick Wohlhuter". trackfield.brinkster.net.
  2. ^ "U.S. athletes go through day of Olympics disaster". Rome News-Tribune. July 25, 1976. p. 1B. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Rick Wohlhuter". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 17, 2020.
  4. ^ "USATF Hall of Fame: Rick Wohlhuter". Retrieved November 4, 2007.
  5. ^ 1000 Metres – men – senior – outdoor. iaaf.org. Retrieved on July 15, 2015.

Awards Preceded by Ben Jipcho Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Year 1974 Succeeded by John Walker