- Category : Sports-Track-and-Field
- Type : ME
- Profile : 1/3 - Investigating / Martyr
- Definition : Split - Small (17)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Penetration 2
American track and field athlete, the only male so far to win Olympic titles in both sprinting and hurdling events. Dillard was drafted into the Army in 1943 serving in the all-black 92nd Infantry Division known as the Buffalo Soldiers. He returned to college in 1946 and resumed athletics, to which he had been inspired by Jesse Owens, who was also from Cleveland and had attended East Technical High School as well.
At the 1948 London Summer Olympics, Dillard won the final of the 100m, proven by the photo finish. This was the first use of a photo finish at an Olympic Games. As a member of the 4 x 100 m relay team, he won another gold medal at the London Games. Four years later, still a strong hurdler, Dillard won the 110 m hurdles event in Helsinki. Another 4 x 100 m relay victory yielded Dillard's fourth Olympic title.
He has since worked for a baseball franchise in scouting and public relations capacities, and hosted a radio talk show.