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Robert Gary

Robert Gary (born April 5, 1973) is a retired American track and field athlete who competed in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the 1996 Summer Olympics and 2004 Summer Olympics.


  • Track and field career 1
    • College career 1.1
    • International career 1.2
  • Cross-Country 2
  • Coaching career 3
  • References 4

Track and field career

College career

Gary ran for the Ohio State Buckeyes where he was a six-time All-American and was a Big Ten Conference champion. Gary graduated from Ohio State in 1996.[1]

International career

At the 1996 Olympic Trials Gary finished 2nd in the 3,000 meter Steeplechase to qualify for the 1996 Olympics. At the 1996 Olympics, Gary finished 11th in his heat race.[2]

At the 1999 World Team Trials, Gary finished 2nd to qualify for the 1999 World Championships in Athletics where he finished 7th in his heat race.[3]

At the 2003 World Team Trials, Gary finished 3rd to qualify for the 2003 World Championships in Athletics where he finished 12th in his heat race.[4]

At the 2004 Olympic Trials Gary finished 3rd in the 3,000 meter Steeplechase to qualify for the 2004 Olympics. At the 2004 Olympics, Gary finished 12th in his heat race.[5]


Gary was an accomplished cross-country runner, winning a national title in 2003 and having two top-3 finishes in 2004 at the national championships.[6] Gary competed in the 1998 and 2004 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.[7]

Coaching career

Gary was the head cross-country coach (1996-2012) and head track and field coach (2006-2012) for the Ohio State Buckeyes, but was fired for irregular financial reporting.[8] Gary is currently the head track and field and cross-country coach for the Furman Paladins.[9]


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