Full name: Samuel Alexander "Sammy" Mellor, Jr.
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
Weight: 128 lbs (58 kg)
Born: March 14, 1880 in Yonkers, New York, United States
Died: November 5, 1948
Affiliations: Mohawk AC, New York (USA)
Country: United States
Sammy Mellor was one of the best marathon runners in the early years of the 20th century. He finished in the top 10 at the Boston Marathon six times between 1901 and 1909, winning the 1902 race. He also placed second in 1903 and third in 1901. Based on his Boston record, he was a favorite at the 1904 Olympic marathon. According to his own statement, he was in the lead but suddenly found himself completely alone and thought he had taken a wrong turn. Backtracking, he found out he had taken the right course. He continued running, but eventually had to retire. Three years later, Mellor helped establish the Yonkers Marathon in his hometown, which is the second oldest still-running marathon in the US, after the Boston Marathon.
Personal Best: Marathon – 2-41:17 (1908).
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