Full name: Denis Horgan
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 234 lbs (106 kg)
Born: May 18, 1871 in Fermoyle, Clonmeen, Cork, Ireland
Died: June 2, 1922 in Crookstown, Cork, Ireland
Affiliations: I-AAC, Queens (USA)
Country: Great Britain
Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)
Denis Horgan made his only Olympic appearance in 1908 when, at the age of 37, he took the silver medal in the shot put. Had he competed in any of the earlier Olympics, he likely would have one at least one gold medal, as he dominated in the event around the turn of the century. Apart from the fact that he was past his best at the 1908 Olympics, he was still recovering from a fractured skull sustained the previous year when he was savagely attached when breaking up a street brawl while performing his duties as a patrolman with the New York Police Department. Because of his injuries, he was pensioned off by the NYPD in November and returned home where he continued his athletic career. He won the AAA title 13 times, was the Irish champion 17 times and in 1900 won the AAU title in New York. After winning his last AAA title in 1912 he was invited to join the Olympic team for Stockholm but he declined and his place was taken by fellow-Irishman, Paddy Quinn. Horgan was also an accomplished hammer thrower and although he never won the AAA title, he placed second at the Championships no less than seven times.
Personal Bests: SP – 14.88 (48-10) (1904); HT – 42.11 (138-2) (1909).
|1908 Summer||36||London||Athletics||Men's Shot Put||Great Britain||GBR||2||Silver|
|1908 Summer||36||London||Athletics||Great Britain||Final Standings||2||13.62||44-8¼|
|1908 Summer||36||London||Athletics||Great Britain||Final Round||2||13.62||44-8¼|
|1908 Summer||36||London||Athletics||Great Britain||Qualifying Round||2||QU||13.33||43-8¾|
|1908 Summer||36||London||Athletics||Great Britain||Qualifying Round||Group C||1||13.33||43-8¾|