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Charles Bacon

Full name: Charles James Bacon, Jr.
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
Born: January 9, 1885 in Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: November 15, 1968 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Affiliations: I-AAC, Queens (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

A prominent member of the Irish-American AC, Charles Bacon set a new world record of 57.0 in the heats of the 400 m hurdles at the 1908 Olympics. The defending champion, Harry Hillman, brought the record down to 56.4 in the second round but, in the final Bacon beat Hillman on the run-in and further reduced the record to 55.0. Bacon won the AAU junior 880 y title in 1903 but never won a national championship in the senior ranks.

Personal Bests: 400 – unknown; 800 – unknown; 1500 – unknown; 400H – 55.0 (1908); HJ – 5-9 (1.75) (1908).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1904 Summer 19 St. Louis Athletics Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 9
1906 Summer 21 Athina Athletics Men's 400 metres United States USA 5
1906 Summer 21 Athina Athletics Men's 800 metres United States USA 6
1908 Summer 23 London Athletics Men's 400 metres Hurdles United States USA 1 Gold WR

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1906 Summer 21 Athina Athletics United States Final 5
1906 Summer 21 Athina Athletics United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU 56.2

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank MB
1906 Summer 21 Athina Athletics United States Final 6
1906 Summer 21 Athina Athletics United States Round One Heat One 2 QU 8 yds bh

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1904 Summer 19 St. Louis Athletics United States Final Standings 9

Men's 400 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 23 London Athletics United States Final 1 WR 55.00
1908 Summer 23 London Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 58.80
1908 Summer 23 London Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 1 QU/OR 57.00