Former NCAA Champion And Olympian Jim Dillion Passes Away
Sept. 21, 2010
AUBURN - Jim Dillion, an Olympic medalist and two-time NCAA Champion for Auburn, passed away Sept. 16 at the age of 81.
Dillion won national titles in the discus for Auburn in 1951 and 1954, and finished third in 1952, earning All-American honors all three years. His personal-best mark of 180-8 in the discus stood as the Auburn school record for 45 years, and still ranks seventh best in school history to this day.
He also helped the Tigers win the team title at the 1954 SEC Outdoor Championships by winning both the shot put and the discus. It marked his third career SEC discus title after previously winning crowns in 1951 and 1952. He helped Auburn finish seventh at the 1951 NCAA Outdoor Championships and 11th at the 1954 NCAA meet.
Dillion earned a bronze medal in the discus at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland, with a mark of 174-9. He was just the second track and field athlete in Auburn history to earn an Olympic medal.
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