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Arthur C. Blake

Full name: Arthur Charles Blake
Gender: Male
Born: January 26, 1872 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 23, 1944 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Affiliations: Boston Athletic Association, Boston (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Indirectly Arthur Blake played a major part in the American participation at the first Modern Olympic Games. After winning a 1,000y race at Mechanic's Hall in Boston in January 1896, he jokingly remarked, "Oh, I am too good for Boston. I ought to go over and run the marathon in Athens." The remark was overheard by a stockbroker, Arthur Burnham, who offered to finance the trip of the U.S. team to Greece. Burnham did not finance the whole trip, but a substantial portion of it, and Blake's remark was the impetus that brought him into the agreement. In Athens, Blake placed second in the 1,500 m with a time of 4:34.0, which was hardly comparable with his best times at home, where he held the Boston AA indoor record for the mile with 4:39.8. Blake, a Harvard grad ('93), also ran the marathon in Athens, but dropped out after 14 miles. Arthur Blake settled in Dedham, Massachusetts, where he became a successful insurance salesman and a well-known golfer and sailor.

Personal Bests: 1500 – unknown; Mile – 4:39.8i (1895); Mar – unknown.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1896 Summer 24 Athina Athletics Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 2 Silver
1896 Summer 24 Athina Athletics Men's Marathon United States USA AC DNF

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank MB
1896 Summer 24 Athina Athletics United States Final Standings 2 at 2-10 m.

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1896 Summer 24 Athina Athletics United States Final Standings AC DNF
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