Full name: James "Jimmy" Duffy (McNiff-)
Height: 5-7.5 (172 cm)
Born: May 1, 1890 in Lisacoghil, Leitrim, Ireland
Died: April 23, 1915 in Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Affiliations: ?, Hamilton (CAN)
Jimmy Duffy was born in County Sligo, Ireland, but moved as a child to Scotland with his family. In 1911, he emigrated to Canada where he worked as a craftsman, primarily as a stone cutter, in Toronto. In October 1912, after his Olympic appearance, he won the Ward Marathon in Toronto in record time. In 1914, he won his biggest victory, taking the Boston Marathon by 15 seconds over countryman Édouard Fabre. After his Boston victory, he turned professional but ran only a few races. In September 1913, he joined the Canadian Army and was assigned to the 91st Argyle Regiment. On April 23, 1915, he was fatally wounded near Ypres, Belgium. On that same day, Fabre succeeded Duffy as Boston Marathon champion.
Personal Best\: Mar – 2-25:01 (1914).
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