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Duncan Gillis

Full name: Duncan Gillis
Gender: Male
Born: January 3, 1883 in Mabou, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died: May 2, 1963 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Affiliations: Vancouver AC, Vancouver (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Having already earned a reputation as an able hammer and discus thrower in his native province of Nova Scotia, among other track and field events, Duncan Gillis moved to Vancouver in 1904 to work as a police officer and took his athletic talents across Canada and the United States, winning numerous amateur championships. He was well-known enough that, prior to the 1912 Summer Olympics, he was profiled by the New York Times as one of the athletes to watch at the upcoming Games, the only Canadian to earn that distinction. It was on the basis of this report that he was selected as Canada’s first Olympic flagbearer; he did not disappoint, winning silver in the hammer throw behind only the great American Matt McGrath (whose shortest throw went 4.44 metres further than Gillis’ best). He also competed in the discus, finishing 14th in a field of 41 competitors.

Gillis’ gave up on athletics following the Games and focused on wrestling, becoming the Canadian national heavyweight champion in 1913 and turning professional the following year. He was inducted into the British Columbia (1967), Cape Breton (1997), and Nova Scotia (1999) Sports Halls of Fame. As of 2012 he is one of only two Canadians to have won a medal in the hammer throw, the other being Con Walsh, who won bronze in 1908.

Personal Bests: DT – 43.24 (1910); HT – 51.20 (1912).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 29 Stockholm Athletics Men's Discus Throw Canada CAN 14
1912 Summer 29 Stockholm Athletics Men's Hammer Throw Canada CAN 2 Silver

Men's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1912 Summer 29 Stockholm Athletics Canada Final Standings 14 39.01
1912 Summer 29 Stockholm Athletics Canada Qualifying Round 14 39.01
1912 Summer 29 Stockholm Athletics Canada Qualifying Round Group C 3 39.01
1912 Summer 29 Stockholm Athletics Canada Qualifying Round Group C Round One 2 39.01
1912 Summer 29 Stockholm Athletics Canada Qualifying Round Group C Round Two 2 foul
1912 Summer 29 Stockholm Athletics Canada Qualifying Round Group C Round Three NP foul

Men's Hammer Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1912 Summer 29 Stockholm Athletics Canada Final Standings 2 48.39
1912 Summer 29 Stockholm Athletics Canada Final Round 2 47.24
1912 Summer 29 Stockholm Athletics Canada Final Round Round One 2 foul
1912 Summer 29 Stockholm Athletics Canada Final Round Round Two 2 47.24
1912 Summer 29 Stockholm Athletics Canada Final Round Round Three 2 foul
1912 Summer 29 Stockholm Athletics Canada Qualifying Round 2 QU 48.39
1912 Summer 29 Stockholm Athletics Canada Qualifying Round Group B 2 48.39
1912 Summer 29 Stockholm Athletics Canada Qualifying Round Group B Round One 2 46.17
1912 Summer 29 Stockholm Athletics Canada Qualifying Round Group B Round Two 2 foul
1912 Summer 29 Stockholm Athletics Canada Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP 48.39
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