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Johnny Kelley

Full name: John Adelbert "Johnny" Kelley
Nickname(s): The Elder
Gender: Male
Height: 5-5.5 (167 cm)
Weight: 123 lbs (56 kg)
Born: September 6, 1907 in West Medford, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 6, 2004 in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, United States
Affiliations: Edison Empire Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Johnny Kelley was an American marathon legend, primarily for his exploits in the Boston Marathon. Often called Johnny "The Elder" Kelley to distinguish him from the Olympic marathoner Johnny Kelley of the 1960s, he twice won the Boston race – 1935 and 1945, but he finished second in the event seven times. He continued to appear in the race into his 80s, competing in it 61 times, his last coming in 1992. Kelley also won the AAU Marathon in 1948 and 1950, and won nine other AAU titles at various long-distance races. In 2000, Runner's World magazine named him "Runner of the Century".

Personal Best: Mar – 2-28:18 (1940).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Athletics Men's Marathon United States USA 18
1948 Summer 40 London Athletics Men's Marathon United States USA 21

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1936 Summer 28 Berlin Athletics United States Final Standings 18 2-49:32.4
1948 Summer 40 London Athletics United States Final Standings 21 2-51:56.0
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