Hayes Wendell Jones
(born August 4, 1938) is a former American athlete
, winner of 110 m hurdles at the 1964 Summer Olympics
Born in Pontiac, Michigan
, Hayes Jones was quite short for a hurdler (only 5 feet
and 10 inches), but his outstanding speed, great start, and nearly perfect technique won him many championship titles.
Jones burst onto the international athletics scene by winning the hurdles in 1958 AAU
championships. He won four more AAU titles: 1960 and 1964 in 110 m hurdles and 1961 and 1963 in hurdles.
In 1959, Jones, as an Eastern Michigan University
representative, won the NCAA
titles in and hurdles, following his first major international experience, when he won the 110 m hurdles at the Pan American Games
A year later, at the Rome Olympics
he was third behind teammates Lee Calhoun
and Willie May
, after which many observers believed he had reached his peak performance. But he returned to the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo
, where he won the gold medal and his teammate Blaine Lindgren
won the silver. Jones also ran on a 4x100 m relay
team that set a world record
After retiring from competition, Jones became New York City
's director of recreation in 1967. He has also worked in American Airlines
and owned his own baggage check-in service at Detroit Metropolitan Airport
From January 2005 through March 2006, Jones served as the director of the Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs.
In 2006 he left Oakland County to... Read More