Sailing (2 gold)
Together with Bernd
Jäkel and Jochen
B. 1873-11-05, London, England, UK, emigrated as an infant to Australia;
Athletics & Tennis (3 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze)
|Men's Singles||1st rd||65.9|
Although he competed in both tennis tournaments, he never won a single match.
He lived from 1895 to 1899 in London, so his trip to Athina did not take as long as could be expected for an Australian
Olympic Comptitor nr 21
Olympic Competitor nr 2245
Olympic Competitor nr 663
B. 1877-04-30, Paris, France; D. 1917-01-02
Cycling (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
|Time Trial, 333m||fifth||1000|
Olympic Competitor nr 100
Olympic Competitor nr 1916
B. 1868-01-28, Limerick, Ireland, emigrated to and competed for the USA;
D. Ireland, 1938-04-04
Track and Field (3 gold, 1 silver)
|56-lb Weight Throw||silver||3000|
|Discus Throw, freestyle||9th|
|Tug of War||(*)||fifth||375|
The father of modern hammer throwing, Flanagan raised the world record in
sixteen installments from 44.47m in Ireland in 1895(°) to 56.20m in
1909 after emigrating to the United States. His best Olympic record (1908)
was 51.92m. He was fourth in the discus at St.Louis and second in throwing
the 56-lb weight.
(*) He also helped the USA to second or third place in the tug-of-war in 1900, but this medal is disputed, as it appears that spectators helped the American team. Apparently the Americans only competed hors-concours against the winners, since they could not free themselves from the Discus competition, which was conducted at the same time. He took fifth place in the same event in 1908.
(°) Hammer throwing was not yet an Olympic event in 1896, so he was prevented from a possible fourth gold medal.
Olympic Competitor nr 786
Olympic Competitor nr 2068
Olympic Competitor nr 1826
Olympic Competitor nr 118
Olympic Competitor nr 119
Olympic Competitor nr 3734
Written 2000-11-28 -last modified 2011-08-15
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