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Simon Gillis

Full name: Simon Peter Gillis
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Weight: 240 lbs (109 kg)
Born: April 6, 1880 in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died: January 14, 1964 in Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Affiliations: NYAC, New York (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Simon Gillis grew up on Cape Breton Island but moved to New York as a teenager to join his brother. Representing CCNY and the NYAC, he was later runner-up in the 1906 AAU hammer throw. Gillis had one major tragedy in his athletic career when, during a practice in an empty lot on Park Avenue, one of his throws struck a local boy in the head after the boy had run onto the lot to retrieve a ball. The boy died later that day.

Gillis worked in New York as a police officer, but did that for only a few years, before he moved to Spain where he worked as a contractor and engineer. He then returned to New York where he worked for Thomas Edison creating screen titles in silent movies, and even appeared in a few as a policeman. In the 1910s he and his wife moved the family to Phoenix, where they ran a rooming house during the Depression, before Gillis returned to a career in engineering, specializing in building smokestacks for smelting metal.

Personal Best: DT – unknown; HT – 51.89 (170-3) (1908).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics Men's Discus Throw United States USA AC
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics Men's Hammer Throw United States USA 7
1912 Summer 32 Stockholm Athletics Men's Hammer Throw United States USA AC NM

Men's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics United States Final Standings AC
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics United States Qualifying Round AC
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group D AC

Men's Hammer Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D(M) D(I) D
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics United States Final Standings 7 45.59 149-6½
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics United States Qualifying Round 7 45.59 149-6½
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group C 3 45.59 149-6½
1912 Summer 32 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Standings AC NM
1912 Summer 32 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round NP NM
1912 Summer 32 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B AC NM
1912 Summer 32 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round One NP foul
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