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John Flanagan

Full name: John Joseph Flanagan
Gender: Male
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
Weight: 194 lbs (88 kg)
Born: January 28, 1868 in Moortown, Kilbreedy, Limerick, Ireland
Died: June 4, 1938 in Kilmallock, Limerick, Ireland
Affiliations: NYAC, New York (USA) / I-AAC, Queens (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics, Tug-Of-War

Medals: 3 Gold, 1 Silver (4 Total)

Biography

Before emigrating to America in the autumn of 1896, John Flanagan won the British AAA title earlier that year and the previous season he had set the first of his numerous world records. After the nine foot circle and the stiff wooden-handled hammer to which he had been accustomed at home, Flanagan initially had some difficulty in adapting to the American seven foot circle and an implement with a pliable handle. Once he mastered making three turns in the smaller circle, Flanagan was virtually invincible. During the 15 years he lived in America, he topped the world ranking list 12 times and set 16 world records, culminating with a throw of 184-4 (56.18) on 24 July 1909. For championships, Flanagan could count, besides his Olympic golds, seven AAU hammer titles and six with the 56 lb. weight. He also won a second British AAA title in 1900 en route to the Paris Olympics. He returned to Ireland in 1911 and made his final international appearance when he won the hammer throw for Ireland in their match against Scotland. His successes were not limited to the hammer and weight events. He placed fourth in the 1904 discus and surprisingly for a man of his size, he finished second in both the high and long jumps and the all-around event at the 1895 Irish championships. Flanagan is always listed as representing the United States at his three Olympics, but in 1900 he was possibly still an Irish (actually British in that era) citizen, and we have not been able to find information about his naturalization status for 1904 or 1908.

Personal Bests: DT – 38.15 (1904); HT – 56.18 (1909).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1900 Summer 32 Paris Athletics Men's Discus Throw United States USA 7
1900 Summer 32 Paris Athletics Men's Hammer Throw United States USA 1 Gold OR
1904 Summer 36 St. Louis Athletics Men's 56-pound Weight Throw United States USA 2 Silver
1904 Summer 36 St. Louis Athletics Men's Discus Throw United States USA 4
1904 Summer 36 St. Louis Athletics Men's Hammer Throw United States USA 1 Gold OR
1908 Summer 40 London Tug-Of-War Men's Tug-Of-War United States USA 5
1908 Summer 40 London Athletics Men's Discus Throw United States USA 9
1908 Summer 40 London Athletics Men's Hammer Throw United States USA 1 Gold OR

Men's Tug-Of-War

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1908 Summer 40 London Tug-Of-War United States USA Round One Match #1 2 1908-07-17 Liverpool Police Team-2 1, USA 0

Men's 56-pound Weight Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D(M) D(I)
1904 Summer 36 St. Louis Athletics United States Final Standings 2 10.16 33-4

Men's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D D(M) D(I)
1900 Summer 32 Paris Athletics United States Final Standings 7 33.00
1900 Summer 32 Paris Athletics United States Qualifying Round 7 33.00
1904 Summer 36 St. Louis Athletics United States Final Standings 4 36.14 118-7
1908 Summer 40 London Athletics United States Final Standings 9 37.80 124-0
1908 Summer 40 London Athletics United States Qualifying Round 9 37.80 124-0
1908 Summer 40 London Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 3 37.80 124-0

Men's Hammer Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D D(M) D(I)
1900 Summer 32 Paris Athletics United States Final Standings 1 OR 51.01
1904 Summer 36 St. Louis Athletics United States Final Standings 1 OR 51.23 168-1
1908 Summer 40 London Athletics United States Final Standings 1 OR 51.92 170-4¼
1908 Summer 40 London Athletics United States Final Round 1 OR 51.92 170-4¼
1908 Summer 40 London Athletics United States Qualifying Round 2 QU 50.36 165-2½
1908 Summer 40 London Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group C 2 50.36 165-2½