The 2018 DDP was mildly marred by the lack of a qualifying obituary for 1950s athlete and former “fastest man in the world” Lindy Remigino. No such issues this time out, however, as Harrison Dillard bursts through that final tape and is met by a gaggle of obituary writers. Serving in the all-black 92nd Infantry Division in World War 2, upon his return to civilian life Dillard was inspired to pursue athletics seriously by Jesse Owens. He qualified for the 1948 Olympic Games and won the 100 metres gold medal, in what was the first photo-finish in Olympic history. He won four golds in total: the 400m relay in 48 and 52 and the 110 hurdles in the latter. After retirement he worked for the Cleveland Indians baseball team as a scout and, at the time of his death, was the oldest living American Olympic gold medallist. That title now passes to the bowman of the 1948 coxless four champions, Gordy Giovanelli.