McNaughton, Duncan Anderson
Duncan Anderson McNaughton, track and field athlete (b at Cornwall, Ont 7 Dec 1910; d at Austin, Tx 15 Jan 1998). Raised at Kelowna and Vancouver Duncan McNaughton attended the University of Southern California, joining its track team as a high jumper. Duncan McNaughton's "diving" western-roll technique disqualified him at the 1930 British Empire Games and nearly excluded him from the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. Ultimately, he was allowed to compete and, in a dramatic jump-off to break a tie, he cleared the bar at 6 ft 6 in (2 m), beating Americans Bob Van Osdel and Cornelius Johnson and the Philippines' Simeon Toribio for the gold. A year later Duncan McNaughton retired; he distinguished himself in the RCAF and later as a petroleum geologist.
Gold medal high jumper Duncan McNaughton. In a dramatic jump-off to break a tie at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, he cleared the bar at 6 ft 6 in (2 m), beating Americans Bob Van Osdel and Cornelius Johnson, and the Philippines' Simeon Toribio. He retired a year later (courtesy Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, www.sportshall.ca).