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Con Leahy

Full name: Cornelius "Con" Leahy
Gender: Male
Born: April 27, 1876 in Cregane, Charleville, Cork, Ireland
Died: November 18, 1921 in Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Affiliations: Amateur Athletic Association, IRL
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Brother of Pat Leahy.

Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Con Leahy was one of seven brothers who were all outstanding athletes. Pat Leahy was a silver medalist in the 1900 Olympic high jump, Tim headed the world ranking list in the high jump in 1912, Joe was a 23-foot (7.01) long jumper, but only Con won an Olympic gold medal. The 1906 Olympic high jump began soon after mid-day with the bar set at the absurd height of 1.37 (4-6). It was then raised one centimetre at a time and all competitors were required to clear every height. After three hours the bar was still only at 1.67 m (5-5¾) and the seven competitors who were still in contention then agreed that the bar should be raised in increments of five centimetres. Two hours later only Leahy and the Hungarian Lajos Gönczy remained, and after Leahy cleared 1.775 m (5-9¾) at his first attempt, the Hungarian failed three times and the gold medal went to the Irishman, who had celebrated his 30th birthday the previous day. The Greek official persuaded Leahy to continue jumping with the bar at 6-feet (1.83), but after two failures he declined to make a third attempt. Later in the Games, Leachy finished second to his fellow Irishman Peter O'Connor in the triple jump. In 1907 he won the high jump at the US Championships, and at the 1908 Olympics he was in a three-way tie for second place in the high jump. In August 1909, Con Leahy and his brother Pat immigrated to America, where they both eventually died.

Personal Bests\: HJ – 1.954ex (1908); LJ – 7.21 (23-8) (1902); TJ – 15.06 (49-5) (1902).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1906 Summer 29 Athina Athletics Men's High Jump Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
1906 Summer 29 Athina Athletics Men's Triple Jump Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
1908 Summer 32 London Athletics Men's High Jump Great Britain GBR 2T Silver

Men's High Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank H H(M) H(I) C/F/P
1906 Summer 29 Athina Athletics Great Britain Final Standings 1 1.775
1908 Summer 32 London Athletics Great Britain Final Standings 2T 1.88 6-2
1908 Summer 32 London Athletics Great Britain Final Round 2T 1.88 6-2
1908 Summer 32 London Athletics Great Britain Final Round 1.88 metres NP o
1908 Summer 32 London Athletics Great Britain Final Round 1.90 metres NP xxx
1908 Summer 32 London Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round NP QU 1.88 6-2
1908 Summer 32 London Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B 1T 1.88 6-2

Men's Triple Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1906 Summer 29 Athina Athletics Great Britain Final Standings 2 13.980
1906 Summer 29 Athina Athletics Great Britain Round One 1 13.980
1906 Summer 29 Athina Athletics Great Britain Round Two 1 13.610
1906 Summer 29 Athina Athletics Great Britain Round Three 1 13.940
1906 Summer 29 Athina Athletics Great Britain Round Four 1 13.885
1906 Summer 29 Athina Athletics Great Britain Round Five 1 13.830
1906 Summer 29 Athina Athletics Great Britain Round Six 3 foul