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Jack Kelly, Jr.

Full name: John Brenden "Jack" Kelly, Jr.
Nickname(s): Kell
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Weight: 183 lbs (83 kg)
Born: May 24, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 2, 1985 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Affiliations: Vesper Boat Club, Philadelphia (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Rowing

Related Olympians: Son of Jack Kelly, Sr.; Uncle of Albert, Prince Grimaldi; Husband of Mary Freeman.

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

John Kelly Jr. never quite enjoyed the great Olympic success of his father, Jack, Sr., but surely one of his most satisfying victories had to be in 1947 when he won the Diamond Sculls at the Henley Regatta, finally bringing that title to the Kelly family. It was one of only many championships that he won, and included eight U.S. National single sculls titles, six Canadian single sculls championships, and two gold medals at the Pan American Games - single sculls in 1955 and double sculls in 1959 with Bill Knecht. Kelly, Jr. won the Diamond Sculls again in 1949, and was world singles champion in that year. At the Olympics, John, Jr. was not quite able to grab the gold ring, but at the 1956 Olympics, though probably a bit past his peak as a single sculler, he put on an outstanding performance to take the bronze behind Russia's Vyacheslav Ivanov, and Australia's Stuart Mackenzie. John Kelly, Jr. was very active in sports administration, especially in rowing. He served as a president of the AAU, president of the USOC, and president of the International Swimming Hall of Fame. His business was as chairman of the board of John B. Kelly, Inc., a masonry contracting company.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 21 London Rowing Men's Single Sculls United States USA 2 h2 r3/4
1952 Summer 25 Helsinki Rowing Men's Single Sculls United States USA 2 h2 r4/5
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Rowing Men's Single Sculls United States USA 3 Bronze
1960 Summer 33 Roma Rowing Men's Double Sculls United States USA 4 h3 r2/3

Men's Single Sculls

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1948 Summer 21 London Rowing United States USA Semi-Finals Heat Two 8:09.7
1948 Summer 21 London Rowing United States USA Round One Heat Three 7:39.7
1952 Summer 25 Helsinki Rowing United States USA Semi-Final Repêchage Heat Two 7:42.0
1952 Summer 25 Helsinki Rowing United States USA Semi-Finals Heat Two 7:57.3
1952 Summer 25 Helsinki Rowing United States USA Round One Heat Three 7:58.4
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Rowing United States USA Final 8:11.8
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Rowing United States USA Semi-Finals Heat Two 9:12.5
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Rowing United States USA Round One Heat Three 7:24.8

Men's Double Sculls

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit T
1960 Summer 33 Roma Rowing United States USA Bill Knecht Round One Repêchage Heat Three 6:55.25
1960 Summer 33 Roma Rowing United States USA Bill Knecht Round One Heat One 6:51.92