William Lee May

William Lee May

American track and field athlete
Date of Birth: 11.11.1936
Country: USA

  1. Biography of William Lee May
  2. American Track and Field Athlete
  3. Olympic Success
  4. Teaching and Coaching Career

Biography of William Lee May

American Track and Field Athlete

William Lee May, an American track and field athlete, is best known as the silver medalist in the 110-meter hurdles event at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. He first gained attention in 1955 when he won three titles at the Illinois State Championship. From 1957 to 1959, May won ten titles in the hurdles event for Indiana University.

Olympic Success

In 1960, May qualified for the Summer Olympics in Rome by finishing second at the U.S. Championships. At the Olympics, he captured the silver medal with a time of 13.8 seconds. He also achieved second place at the Pan American Games in Sao Paulo in 1963. May's personal record of 13.4 seconds was set on August 12, 1960. He ranked in the top 10 in his event during the 1958/60 and 1963 seasons, and in 1960, he secured the second spot.

Teaching and Coaching Career

After retiring from competitive athletics, May pursued a career as a physical education teacher and track and field coach at Evanston Township High School. He held these positions from 1967 until his retirement in 2000, although he continued to serve as an assistant coach until 2006. In May 2000, May was inducted into the Indiana University Track and Field Hall of Fame. He was also honored in 2007 by being inducted into the Illinois Cross Country and Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame and in 2010 into the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame.