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Russell ("Russ") Arden Hodge (born September 12, 1939) is an American track and field athlete, world record holder in decathlon (1966-1967), Olympic competitor from 1964, and silver medalist from the Pan American Games (1971).
Track and field career
Hodge competed at the 1963 Pan American Games in São Paulo, where he finished 4th in decathlon. He competed in decathlon at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where he placed ninth. In July, 1966 he set a world record in decathlon at a competition in Los Angeles, with 8,230 points, a record which lasted until May, 1967. Hodge received a silver medal in decathlon at the 1971 Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia with a score of 7314, behind winner Rick Wanamaker.
He finished fourth in the AAU National Championship in decathlon in 1963 and in 1964, and second in 1965 and 1966. In 1970 he finished second again, as he did in 1971, after a close race with Rick Wanamaker.
His father Russel "Rusty" Hodge was a semi-professional basketball player, playing center for the Liberty Emeralds.
In August 2003, both Hodge and his mother were honoured with the Sullivan County Historical Society "History Maker" award. They are the only mother-son Olympians in the United States' Olympic history.
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|Men's Decathlon World Record Holder
July 24, 1966 – May 14, 1967