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Garfield MacDonald

Full name: James Garfield MacDonald
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 168 lbs (76 kg)
Born: August 8, 1881 in Lower South River, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died: November 6, 1951 in Camden, New Jersey, United States
Affiliations: New Glasgow AAA, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Garfield MacDonald’s best year in track and field athletics came in 1908, beginning with his selection as a member of Canada’s delegation to that year’s Summer Olympics. At the Games his best event was the triple jump, where he came in third in the qualifying round with a distance of 46-4 (14.12), behind only Tim Ahearne of Great Britain (who set an Olympic record of 48-3¾) and Norway’s Edvard Larsen. These three were allowed an additional three jumps and Ahearne made the most of them by setting a world record of 48-11¼ (14.91) to win the gold medal. MacDonald jumped a personal best of 48-5¼ (14.76), enough to take silver. He was also joint-13th in the high jump, competed in the long jump, and served as vice-president of the team’s organizing committee. In September of that year he set a Canadian record in the hop, step, and jump (equivalent to the triple jump) with a distance of 47-0½ (14.34). By career he was a dentist and he remained athletically active in tennis and golf for his entire life. He has been inducted into the Canadian Olympic (1979) and Nova Scotia Sports (1988) Halls of Fame.

Personal Bests: HJ – 1.83 (1908); LJ – 6.28 (1908); TJ – 14.76 (1908).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 26 London Athletics Men's High Jump Canada CAN 13T
1908 Summer 26 London Athletics Men's Long Jump Canada CAN AC
1908 Summer 26 London Athletics Men's Triple Jump Canada CAN 2 Silver OR

Men's High Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank H(M) H(I)
1908 Summer 26 London Athletics Canada Final Standings 13T 1.72 5-7¾
1908 Summer 26 London Athletics Canada Qualifying Round NP 1.72 5-7¾
1908 Summer 26 London Athletics Canada Qualifying Round Group B 6T 1.72 5-7¾

Men's Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1908 Summer 26 London Athletics Canada Final Standings AC
1908 Summer 26 London Athletics Canada Qualifying Round AC
1908 Summer 26 London Athletics Canada Qualifying Round Group E AC

Men's Triple Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D(M) D(I)
1908 Summer 26 London Athletics Canada Final Standings 2 OR 14.76 48-5¼
1908 Summer 26 London Athletics Canada Final Round 2 OR 14.76 48-5¼
1908 Summer 26 London Athletics Canada Qualifying Round 3 QU 14.12 46-4
1908 Summer 26 London Athletics Canada Qualifying Round Group B 2 14.12 46-4
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