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Joe Forshaw

Full name: Joseph "Joe" Forshaw, Jr.
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (184 cm)
Weight: 163 lbs (74 kg)
Born: May 13, 1881 in St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: November 26, 1964 in St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Affiliations: Missouri Athletic Club / St. Louis Athletic Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Joe Forshaw of the Missouri AC was the first American to compete in three Olympic marathons. He placed 12th in 1906 and 10th in 1912, in addition to his bronze medal performance. Forshaw was an amazing athlete. Besides distance running he was a champion cyclist and speed skater around St. Louis. He gave those sports up, but at the age of 50 took up figure skating, which he continued until his death. He also played hockey in St. Louis amateur leagues from 1907 until 1936 – aged 55 years. But Joe Forshaw was also a fine distance runner. Besides his marathon successes, he set a longstanding record in 1909 when he ran up Pike's Peak in 2 hrs-41 minutes, finishing at 14,000 feet of altitude. Despite all this, Forshaw found time to run the family stove and outdoor equipment business.

Personal Best: Mar – 2-30:01 (1908).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1906 Summer 24 Athina Athletics Men's Marathon United States USA 12
1908 Summer 26 London Athletics Men's Marathon United States USA 3 Bronze
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Athletics Men's Marathon United States USA 10

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1906 Summer 24 Athina Athletics United States Final Standings 12
1908 Summer 26 London Athletics United States Final Standings 3 2-57:10.4
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Standings 10 2-49:49.4
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