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Foy Draper

Foy Draper

Athletics competitor
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Intro Athletics competitor
Countries United States of America
Occupations Athletics competitor
Gender male
Birth 26 November 1911 (Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas, U.S.A.)
Death 1 February 1943 (Kasserine, Kasserine Governorate, Tunisia)
Education University of Southern California
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Biography

Foy Draper (November 26, 1911 – February 1, 1943) was an American athlete, winner of gold medal in 4 × 100 m relay at the 1936 Summer Olympics. As a University of Southern California student, Foy Draper won the IC4A championships in 200 m in 1935.

He reportedly held the world record for the 100 yard dash, at the time that would have been a hand timed 9.4, made all that more remarkable with Draper standing only 5'5".

At the Berlin Olympics, Draper ran the third leg in the American 4 × 100 m relay team, which won the gold medal in a world record time of 39.8.

During World War II, Draper served as a pilot on a twin-engine attack bomber A-20B 'Havoc' in Thelepte, Tunisia. On January 4, 1943, Draper took off to fly to Fonduck, Tunisia to take part of the battle of Kassarine Pass. Draper and his two crewmen never returned and his death date is usually given as February 1, 1943. He is buried in the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial administered by the American Battle Monuments Commission in Carthage, Tunisia. His gravestone shows January 4, 1943 as his date of death.

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