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Army Howard

Full name: John Armstrong "Army" Howard
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (189 cm)
Born: October 6, 1888 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Died: January 10, 1937 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Affiliations: ?, Winnipeg (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Grandfather of Valerie Jerome; Grandfather of Harry Jerome.

Biography

Army Howard was the top Canadian sprinter from 1912-15, and won both the 100 y and 220 y at the 1913 Canadian Championships. He is also known as Canada's first black Olympian and his selection for the 1912 Olympic delegation was controversial. Even after he was confirmed to participate, he was still forbidden to stay in the same hotels and his white teammates or eat with them on the journey to Sweden. Suffering from a stomach ailment, he did not make the finals of any of four events in which he participated at these Games. Howard was the son of a barber, and he became a mechanic in his youth, also playing baseball with Winnipeg's Crescent Creamery Baseball Club, but running was his passion.

Howard served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force near the end of World War I and returned to Canada in 1920. In the meantime, he won bronze in the 100 metres at the 1919 Inter-Allied Games. He represented the Winnipeg North End Amateur Athletic Club (NEAAC). He then worked for six years with the Canadian National Railway and later ranched in the Riding Mountains and found employment as a boxing instructor. In 2004 he was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. His grandson, [Harry Jerome], later became the top Canadian sprinter of the 1960s.

Personal Bests\\: 100 – 11.0 (1912); 200 – 22.3y (1911); 400 – 52.1y (1914).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 23 Stockholm Athletics Men's 100 metres Canada CAN AC h5 r2/3
1912 Summer 23 Stockholm Athletics Men's 200 metres Canada CAN 3 h4 r2/3
1912 Summer 23 Stockholm Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Canada CAN 2 h3 r2/3
1912 Summer 23 Stockholm Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Canada CAN 2 h1 r1/2

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 23 Stockholm Athletics Canada Semi-Finals Heat Five AC
1912 Summer 23 Stockholm Athletics Canada Round One Heat Thirteen 1 QU 11.0

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 23 Stockholm Athletics Canada Semi-Finals Heat Four 3
1912 Summer 23 Stockholm Athletics Canada Round One Heat Eight 1 QU 25.0

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 23 Stockholm Athletics Canada CAN Semi-Finals Heat Three 2 43.5
1912 Summer 23 Stockholm Athletics Canada CAN Round One Heat One 1 QU/OR/walkover 46.2

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 23 Stockholm Athletics Canada CAN Round One Heat One 2 3:22.2
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