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Bob Garrett

Full name: Robert "Bob" Garrett
Gender: Male
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
Weight: 179 lbs (81 kg)
Born: June 24, 1875 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: April 25, 1961 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Affiliations: Princeton Tigers, Princeton (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze (6 Total)

Biography

Bob Garrett was captain of the Princeton track team when Prof. [William Sloane], a future IOC member, suggested he try his hand at the discus throw at the revival of the Olympics. The event was unknown in America, but Sloane consulted the works of Lucian. Garrett, from a wealthy Baltimore banking family hired a local blacksmith to construct an implement in accordance with the description of Lucian. The result of this weighed some 20 lbs. (9 kg.) and Garrett quickly relinquished his interest in discus throwing. At Athens, however, Garrett spotted the competition disc, took several throws with this vastly more manageable instrument, and decided to enter after all. He took the first Olympic discus title by upsetting local favorite Panagiotis Paraskevopoulos. The following day the long jump and shot put were held within half-an-hour of each other and Garrett finished as runner-up in the long jump, but claimed a second Olympic title in the shot put. Bob Garrett won two more medals at the 1900 Olympics and in the intervening years he won the shot and finished second at the 1897 IC4A for Princeton; the following year, representing Johns Hopkins, he finished second in the shot. With his six Olympic medals, Garrett is the most successful of all Princeton Olympians and in recognition of his accomplishments, the Garrett Memorial Track at Princeton is named after him. The discus which Garrett threw at Athens in 1896 is also on display at the Dillon Gymnasium.

Garrett's career was as an investment banker and he became very wealthy. He also served on the boards of several companies. He collected ancient manuscripts from Egypt and the Middle East, and in 1942 he presented his collection to Princeton. He was active in the development of public recreational facilities in Baltimore, was active in the National Recreation Association and became its chairman in 1941.

Personal Bests: HJ – 5-5 (1.65) (1896); LJ – 21-11 (6.68) (1897); SP – 13.14; DT – 33.70 (1897).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1896 Summer 20 Athina Athletics Men's High Jump United States USA 2T Silver
1896 Summer 20 Athina Athletics Men's Long Jump United States USA 2 Silver
1896 Summer 20 Athina Athletics Men's Shot Put United States USA 1 Gold OR
1896 Summer 20 Athina Athletics Men's Discus Throw United States USA 1 Gold WR
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics Men's Standing Triple Jump United States USA 3 Bronze
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics Men's Shot Put United States USA 3 Bronze
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics Men's Discus Throw United States USA AC NM

Men's High Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank H
1896 Summer 20 Athina Athletics United States Final Standings 2T 1.65

Men's Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1896 Summer 20 Athina Athletics United States Final Standings 2 6.00

Men's Standing Triple Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics United States Final Standings 3 9.50

Men's Shot Put

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1896 Summer 20 Athina Athletics United States Final Standings 1 OR 11.22
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics United States Final Standings 3 12.35
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics United States Qualifying Round 3 QU 12.37

Men's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1896 Summer 20 Athina Athletics United States Final Standings 1 WR 29.150
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics United States Final Standings AC NM
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics United States Qualifying Round AC NM