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David Jacobs

Full name: David Henry Jacobs
Gender: Male
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: April 30, 1888 in Cardiff, Cardiff, Great Britain
Died: June 6, 1976 in Llandudno, Conwy, Great Britain
Affiliations: Herne Hill Harriers, Mitcham (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Although he had an impressive record at the Welsh Championships, David Jacobs never succeeding in winning an AAA title although he finished second in the 220 yards in 1912 and the 440 yards in 1913. At the Stockholm Olympics, Jacobs ran the third leg on the spring relay team which won the gold medals and he also performed creditably in the individual springs, reaching the semi-finals of both the 100 and 200 metres. Jacobs' interest in the sport was aroused after watching the 1908 Olympic Games, and he joined the Herne Hill Harriers at the end of the summer. He was at his best as a sprinter in the years immediately prior to 1914 but after the war he gradually lost interest. Herne Hill Harriers managed to re-establish contact as Jacobs approached his 80th birthday and he once again took a keen interest in club affairs. At the time of his death, David Jacobs was Britain's oldest Olympic gold medalist; he died suddenly in his native Wales while on holiday from his London home.

Personal Bests: 100y – 10.0e (1912); 100 – 10.8 (1912); 200 – 21.9e (1912); 220y – 22.0 (1912); 440y – 49.9e (1913).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Athletics Men's 100 metres Great Britain GBR 2 h3 r2/3
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Athletics Men's 200 metres Great Britain GBR 2 h1 r2/3
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Great Britain GBR 1 Gold

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Three 2
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Ten 1 QU/=OR 10.8

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 2
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Seventeen 1 QU 23.2

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 1 42.4
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU/WR 43.0
1912 Summer 24 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Three 1 QU/walkover 45.0