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Josiah McCracken

Full name: Josiah Calvin McCracken, Jr.
Gender: Male
Born: March 30, 1874 in Lincoln, Illinois, United States
Died: February 15, 1962 in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, United States
Affiliations: Penn Quakers, Philadelphia (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Josiah McCracken was a useful all-round performer in the weight events, taking the shot/hammer double at the IC4A championships in 1898 and 1899. By international standards he was perhaps a better performer in the hammer and his career best of 153-8 (46.84) in 1898 ranked him second in the world that year. Despite his Olympic successes, track & field was only a secondary sport for McCracken as, at Penn, he was better known as a footballer and was on Walter Camp’s All-American team in 1899. The silver medalist in the 1900 Olympic hammer throw, Truxtun Hare, was also an All-American football player at Penn and it was only the Irish immigrant John Flanagan who prevented the two Penn footballers from taking top Olympic honors at Paris. McCracken earned an M.D. degree from Penn and later served as a medical missionary in China for 50 years.

Personal Bests: SP – 43-8½ (13.32) (1898); DT - 36.37 (1900); HT - 47.24 (1900).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1900 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Men's Shot Put United States USA 2 Silver
1900 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Men's Discus Throw United States USA 10
1900 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Men's Hammer Throw United States USA 3 Bronze

Men's Shot Put

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1900 Summer 26 Paris Athletics United States Final Standings 2 12.85
1900 Summer 26 Paris Athletics United States Qualifying Round 2 QU 12.85

Men's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1900 Summer 26 Paris Athletics United States Final Standings 10 32.00
1900 Summer 26 Paris Athletics United States Qualifying Round 10 32.00

Men's Hammer Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1900 Summer 26 Paris Athletics United States Final Standings 3 43.58
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