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Ray Ewry

Full name: Raymond Clarence "Ray" Ewry
Nickname(s): R. C.
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 174 lbs (79 kg)
Born: October 14, 1873 in Lafayette, Indiana, United States
Died: September 29, 1937 in Long Island, New York, United States
Affiliations: Purdue Boilermakers, West Lafayette, Indiana (USA) / NYAC, New York (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 10 Gold (10 Total)

Biography

Ray Ewry was paralyzed by polio as a child, but by dint of diligent exercising he developed immense strength in his legs and became the greatest exponent of the standing jumps that the sport has ever seen. He attended Purdue from 1890 to 1897, where he captained the track team and also played football. After gaining a graduate degree in mechanical engineering he competed briefly for the Chicago AA before moving to New York, where he worked for the city as a hydraulics engineer and joined the New York AC. He won the first of his 15 AAU titles in 1898 at the age of 25 and the last in 1910. He was undoubtedly deprived of many more titles when the standing jumps were dropped from the AAU program from 1899 to 1905. He attempted a comeback in 1912 but, not surprisingly some of the spring had gone from his legs as he approached his 40th birthday and he failed to make the Olympic team. Ewry’s 10 gold medals was an absolute Olympic record that stood until 2008.

Personal Bests: sHJ – 1.675 (1900); sLJ – 11-4¾ (3.47) (1904); sTJ – 35-7¼ (10.86) (1901).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1900 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Men's Standing High Jump United States USA 1 Gold
1900 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Men's Standing Long Jump United States USA 1 Gold OR
1900 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Men's Standing Triple Jump United States USA 1 Gold
1904 Summer 30 St. Louis Athletics Men's Standing High Jump United States USA 1 Gold
1904 Summer 30 St. Louis Athletics Men's Standing Long Jump United States USA 1 Gold
1904 Summer 30 St. Louis Athletics Men's Standing Triple Jump United States USA 1 Gold
1906 Summer 32 Athina Athletics Men's Standing High Jump United States USA 1 Gold
1906 Summer 32 Athina Athletics Men's Standing Long Jump United States USA 1 Gold
1908 Summer 34 London Athletics Men's Standing High Jump United States USA 1 Gold
1908 Summer 34 London Athletics Men's Standing Long Jump United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Standing High Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D H(M) H(I) H
1900 Summer 26 Paris Athletics United States Final Standings 1 1.655
1904 Summer 30 St. Louis Athletics United States Final Standings 1 1.60 5-3
1906 Summer 32 Athina Athletics United States Final Standings 1 1.560
1908 Summer 34 London Athletics United States Final Standings 1 1.57 5-2
1908 Summer 34 London Athletics United States Final Round 1 1.57 5-2
1908 Summer 34 London Athletics United States Qualifying Round NP QU 1.55 5-1
1908 Summer 34 London Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 1 QU 1.55 5-1

Men's Standing Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D D(M) D(I)
1900 Summer 26 Paris Athletics United States Final Standings 1 OR 3.300
1904 Summer 30 St. Louis Athletics United States Final Standings 1 3.47 11-4 7/8
1906 Summer 32 Athina Athletics United States Final Standings 1 3.300
1906 Summer 32 Athina Athletics United States Round One 1 3.150
1906 Summer 32 Athina Athletics United States Round Two 1 3.280
1906 Summer 32 Athina Athletics United States Round Three 1 3.220
1906 Summer 32 Athina Athletics United States Round Four 1 3.300
1908 Summer 34 London Athletics United States Final Standings 1 3.33 10-11¼
1908 Summer 34 London Athletics United States Final Round 1 3.33 10-11¼
1908 Summer 34 London Athletics United States Qualifying Round 1 QU 3.32 10-11
1908 Summer 34 London Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 1 3.32 10-11

Men's Standing Triple Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D D(M) D(I)
1900 Summer 26 Paris Athletics United States Final Standings 1 10.58
1904 Summer 30 St. Louis Athletics United States Final Standings 1 10.54 34-7¼
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