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Pat McDonald

Full name: Patrick Joseph "Pat" McDonald (McDonnell-)
Nickname(s): Babe
Gender: Male
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
Weight: 265 lbs (120 kg)
Born: July 26, 1878 in Killard, Clare, Ireland
Died: May 16, 1954 in New York, New York, United States
Affiliations: NYAC, New York (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

When Pat McDonnell’s sister landed at Ellis Island after her sea voyage from Ireland, immigration officials pinned a name tag on her and spelled the name McDonald. She was taking no chances of being deported so she, and all the McDonnells who came after her, accepted the name McDonald. Inspired by the feats of his countrymen John Flanagan, Matt McGrath, and Martin Sheridan, Pat McDonald initially had aspirations of becoming a hammer thrower, but he showed more aptitude as a shot putter After placing second to Ralph Rose at the AAU in 1909 and 1910, he took the title in Rose’s absence in 1911 and defeated Rose at the 1912 championships as well as the 1912 Olympics. McDonald won both the shot and the 56-lb. weight event at the AAU championships in 1914, 1919, and 1920 and competed at both events at the Antwerp Olympics. He won the weight throw and placed fourth in the shot. McDonald’s career was remarkable for its longevity. When he won his Olympic gold medal in 1920, he was aged 42, making him the oldest Olympic track & field champion ever. He is also the oldest AAU champion ever – he won the last of an amazing 16 titles in the 56-lb. weight throw in 1933, at 55 years old. McDonald spent most of his adult life in the United States as a member of the New York Police Department, working with the Traffic Squad.

Personal Best: SP – 50-4½ (15.34) (1912).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Athletics Men's Shot Put United States USA 1 Gold OR
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Athletics Men's Shot Put, Both Hands United States USA 2 Silver
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Athletics Men's Shot Put United States USA 4
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 56-pound Weight Throw United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Shot Put

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Standings 1 OR 15.34
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Round 1 OR 15.34
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Round Round One NP OR 15.34
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round NP QU 14.78
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group C 1 14.78
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group C Round One 1 14.54
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group C Round Two 1 14.27
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group C Round Three NP 14.78
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Athletics United States Final Standings 4 14.080
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Athletics United States Final Round 4 14.080
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Athletics United States Final Round Round One NP 13.500
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Athletics United States Final Round Round Two NP 14.080
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Athletics United States Qualifying Round 2 QU 14.080

Men's Shot Put, Both Hands

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank TD RHD LHD
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Standings 2 27.53 15.08 12.45
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Round 2 27.53 15.08 12.45
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Round Round One NP 15.08 11.79
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Round Round Two NP foul 12.29
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Round Round Three NP foul 12.45
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round NP 26.77 14.92 11.85
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 1 26.77 14.92 11.85
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round One NP 13.95 11.37
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round Two NP 14.92 11.74
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP foul 11.85

Men's 56-pound Weight Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Athletics United States Final Standings 1 11.265
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Athletics United States Final Round 1 11.265
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Athletics United States Qualifying Round 1 QU 11.000