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Jim Lightbody

Full name: James Davies "Jim" Lightbody
Gender: Male
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
Weight: 134 lbs (61 kg)
Born: March 16, 1882 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 2, 1953 in Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Affiliations: Chicago Maroons, Chicago (USA) / Chicago AA, Chicago (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 4 Gold, 2 Silver (6 Total)

Biography

With three gold medals, James Lightbody was the outstanding middle distance runner at the 1904 Olympics. Although his winning time of 4:05.4 in the 1,500 m was said to be a new world record, it was vastly inferior in quality to Tom Conneff's amateur mile record of 4:15.6. After an 880y/mile double at the 1905 AAU championships, Lightbody successfully defended his Olympic 1,500 m title in 1906, but failed by a narrow margin to retain his 800m crown. In 1908 he made his third Olympic appearance, competing in the 800m, 1500m, and steeplechase, but he was eliminated in the heats of all three events. Lightbody attended the University of Chicago and later represented the Chicago AA.

Personal Bests: 400 – 53.0 (1906); 800 – 1:56.0 (1904); 1500 – 4:05.4 (1904).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Athletics Men's 800 metres United States USA 1 Gold OR
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Athletics Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 1 Gold WR
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Athletics Men's 2,590 metres Steeplechase United States USA 1 Gold
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Athletics Men's 4 mile, Team Chicago Athletic Association USA 2 Silver
1906 Summer 24 Athina Athletics Men's 400 metres United States USA 2 h3 r1/3
1906 Summer 24 Athina Athletics Men's 800 metres United States USA 2 Silver
1906 Summer 24 Athina Athletics Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 1 Gold
1908 Summer 26 London Athletics Men's 800 metres United States USA 4 h1 r1/2
1908 Summer 26 London Athletics Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 2 h1 r1/2
1908 Summer 26 London Athletics Men's 3,200 metres Steeplechase United States USA 2 h6 r1/2

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1906 Summer 24 Athina Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 2 QC 53.0

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T MB
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Athletics United States Final Standings 1 OR 1:56.0
1906 Summer 24 Athina Athletics United States Final 2 2 ft bh
1906 Summer 24 Athina Athletics United States Round One Heat One 1 QU 2:05.4
1908 Summer 26 London Athletics United States Round One Heat One 4

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T MB
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Athletics United States Final Standings 1 WR 4:05.4
1906 Summer 24 Athina Athletics United States Final 1 4:12.0
1906 Summer 24 Athina Athletics United States Round One Heat One 1 QU 4:19.4
1908 Summer 26 London Athletics United States Round One Heat One 2 4:08.6 at 6 yds

Men's 2,590 metres Steeplechase

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Athletics United States Final Standings 1 7:39.6

Men's 3,200 metres Steeplechase

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T MB
1908 Summer 26 London Athletics United States Round One Heat Six 2 11:41.0 at 10 yds

Men's 4 mile, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank PTS
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Athletics Chicago Athletic Association USA Final Standings 2 2