COLUMBUS— Today, the Ohio House of Representatives unanimously passed Senate Bill 62, which designates July 8 as Harrison Dilliard Day. The bill, which was introduced in the Senate by Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights), will now go to Governor John Kasich to be signed into law.

“Harrison Dillard is one of the world’s most consistent and accomplished hurdlers. He is an inspiration to all Ohioans, both on and off the track,” said Senator Yuko. “He has represented our great state on the world stage with honor and we should be proud to give him the recognition he deserves.”

William Harrison Dillard, who was born in Cleveland, is the only man in history to win Olympic medals in both sprinting and hurdling events. At the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, he won gold in in the 100-meter sprint, for which he also tied the world record, and in the 4x100-meter relay. At the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, he won gold for the 110-meter hurdles and the 4x100-meter relay.

“This recognition is long overdue. Northeast Ohio should be proud of being the home of this incredible athlete,” said Senator Yuko. “I hope his legacy will continue to inspire people and athletes across the country.”

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