B. 1870-09-16, Dublin, Ireland, then still part of Great Britain; D.
Tennis (2 gold)
A student at Oxford, coïncidentally in Athens at the time of the Olympic
Games. As he was carrying a tennis racket, he decided to enter the games
and won the singles event. For the doubles event, he partnered a German
(Friedrich Traun), who was previously eliminated from the 800 metres. That
was the first and last transnational team in the history of the Olympic
An Irishman, he would become a member of the British parliament for South Kerry from 1900 to 1918.
Olympic Competitor nr 109
Olympic Competitor nr 6521
Olympic Competitor nr 3417
Olympic Competitor nr 5791
Olympic Competitor nr 1061
Olympic Competitor nr 2280
Competed under the name Caroll Burton and was disqualified as a result
Olympic Competitor nr 3921
B. 1986-08-21, Trelawny, Jamaica
Athletics (2 gold)
|4 x 100 m||gold||1600|
At the start of 2008, he asked if he could switch to the 100 m. His trainer thought of him more as a 400 m runner, but he accepted anyway. Half a year later, he had broken the 100 m world record twice and had won the olympic gold. He had crossed the line in celebration, but he could not do the same when attacking Michael Johnson's 12-year old World record of the 200 m. He beat that mark with only 0.02" to spare.
Olympic Competitor nr 6653
Written 2000-12-02 - last modified 2011-08-12
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