You Are Here > SR/Olympics > Athletes > Nate Cartmell

Nate Cartmell

Full name: Nathaniel John "Nate" Cartmell
Nickname(s): Bloody Neck
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (182 cm)
Weight: 157 lbs (71 kg)
Born: January 13, 1883 in Union Town, Kentucky, United States
Died: August 23, 1967 in Forest Hills, New York, United States
Affiliations: Louisville / University of Pennsylvania / Louisville YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

Although Penn State's first Olympic champion, Nate Cartmell never won an AAU title. He did take the British AAA 220 y crown in 1909 and was runner-up in the 100 y to Reggie Walker, the reigning Olympic champion. After finishing a close second to Archie Hahn in both sprints at the 1904 Olympics, he took the sprint double at the IC4A for three successive years (1906-08). At the 1908 Games, Cartmell finished fourth in the 100 m, third in the 200 m, and his 200 m leg for the winning medley relay team earned him an Olympic gold medal. At the end of the 1909 season, he joined the professional ranks and in his first race at Stoke-in-Trent, England, he set a new world professional record for 220 y around a turn with 21.5, although the track was covered with snow. Cartmell retired from competition in 1912 and devoted himself to coaching. He actually began coaching in 1910 at the University of North Carolina, and then coached winning teams at West Virginia and Lafayette before returning to Penn State. He had several run-ins with the football coach and athletic director, Hugo Bezdek, and was dismissed in 1933. He later coached at Princeton, Fordham, and West Point before retiring.

Personal Bests: 100 – 11.0 (1908); 200 – 21.5 (1907).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1904 Summer 21 St. Louis Athletics Men's 60 metres United States USA AC h5 r1/2
1904 Summer 21 St. Louis Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 2 Silver
1904 Summer 21 St. Louis Athletics Men's 200 metres United States USA 2 Silver
1908 Summer 25 London Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 4
1908 Summer 25 London Athletics Men's 200 metres United States USA 3 Bronze
1908 Summer 25 London Athletics Men's 1,600 metres Medley Relay United States USA 1 Gold

Men's 60 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1904 Summer 21 St. Louis Athletics United States Round One Heat Four 2 QC
1904 Summer 21 St. Louis Athletics United States Round One Repêchage Heat AC

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T MB L
1904 Summer 21 St. Louis Athletics United States Final 2 11.2
1904 Summer 21 St. Louis Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 1 QU 11.4
1908 Summer 25 London Athletics United States Final 4 11.2est few yards bh 3
1908 Summer 25 London Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 11.2
1908 Summer 25 London Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 1 QU 11.0

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T L
1904 Summer 21 St. Louis Athletics United States Final 2 21.9
1904 Summer 21 St. Louis Athletics United States Round One Heat One 2 QU
1908 Summer 25 London Athletics United States Final 3 22.7est 2
1908 Summer 25 London Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 22.6
1908 Summer 25 London Athletics United States Round One Heat Four 1 QU 23.0

Men's 1,600 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T MB
1908 Summer 25 London Athletics United States USA Final 1 3:29.4 22,2
1908 Summer 25 London Athletics United States USA Round One Heat Three 1 QU 3:27.2