Olympic Competitor nr 4535
Olympic Competitor nr 2193
Olympic Competitor nr 4918
Olympic Competitor nr 4050
Olympic Competitor nr 3044
B. 1891-11-15, Cluj, Romania, competed for Hungary
Olympic Competitor nr 5118
Olympic Competitor nr 1174
B.1878, Szczuczyn in Poland (then part of the Russian Empire); the family
came to the USA in 1884; D. 1925-03-10
Track and Field (4 gold, 1 silver)
In June of 1900, he had set a world record of 7.50 m for the Long Jump. In
the qualification at Paris, he led the competition with 7.17, but the final
was scheduled for Sunday. This was contrary to the beliefs of many American
participants, who did not compete on Sunday. His Syracuse teammates prevented
Prinstein from competing on the Sunday, even though Myer himself was jewish.
Al Kraenzlein, or
his teammates had no qualms and won the final with 7.18 m. On monday, Prinstein
was so insensed over his countryman's 'betrayal' that he hit him with his
fist. He was awarded a silver medal in the long jump at Paris nevertheless.
He consoled himself by winning the triple jump, ahead of the winner in 1896,
At St.Louis, he won long and triple jump on the same day, although the absence of the Long Jump World record holder, Irishman Peter O'Connor was regrettable. (O'Connor's jump would be the World record for 20 years, and the Irish record for almost 89 !)
Prinstein also won the long jump at the interim games of Athens in 1906, ahead of O'Connor.
His death was not in 1928, as mentioned in most sources, but in 1925, the grandson of his younger sister told me.
Olympic Competitor nr 838
B. 1883-01-25, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Olympic Competitor nr 1771
Olympic Competitor nr 6420
B. 1875-06-23, Calcutta, India
Track and Field (2 silver)
|60 m||3rd in SF||820|
|110 m Hurdles||fifth||1000|
|200 m Hurdles||silver||4000|
He represented the English AAA, but was born in India. Later he would emigrate to the USA and become a silent film star.
Olympic Competitor nr 776
Athletics (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
|4 x 100 m||silver||fourth||1400|
|400 m hurdles||gold||9600|
Written 2000-12-14 - last modified 2011-08-14
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