Williams, Willie (1931)

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Williams, Willie (1931) Gender: M
Willie James Williams
born on 12 September 1931 at 09:10 (= 09:10 AM )
Place Gary, Indiana, 41n36, 87w21
Timezone CDT h5w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 18°51' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 24°36 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 20°14'


American sprinter who set the 100 metres world record in 1956, with a new time of 10.1s, one-tenth of a second faster than previous record held jointly by 8 men.

He attended Roosevelt High School where he played football and was first in the state in the 100m as a senior. He attended the University of Illinois, from where he gained a degree in physical education. He was in the US army in special services when he broke the world record at the International Military Track Meet in West Berlin in August 1956. He left the army later that year, and became athletics director at Ogden Park, Chicago, before teaching and coaching sports in his home town. He became head track coach at West Side High School, then in 1982 returned to the University of Illinois to coach track. Although he trained the Saudi Arabian Olympic track team in the summer of 1988 for the Seoul Olympics, he declined the opportunity to move to Saudi Arabia and stayed with Illinois, becoming associate head coach in 1997 before retiring in 2000. He lived in Urbana, Illinois and died on 27 February 2019 at the age of 87.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate from Indiana archives.


  • Traits : Body : Race (Black)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 87)
  • Vocation : Sports : Track and Field (Sprinter)
  • Vocation : Sports Business : Coach/ Manager/ Owner (Track coach)
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : Other Extraordinary (Sprinter)
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field (100m world sprint record)