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Ted Meredith

Full name: James Edwin "Ted" Meredith
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 157 lbs (71 kg)
Born: November 14, 1891 in Chester Heights, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 2, 1957 in Camden, New Jersey, United States
Affiliations: NYAC, New York (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Ted Meredith of Mercersburg Academy is still recognized as the greatest American prep runner of all-time. At Princeton in 1912 he took almost two seconds off the national interscholastic record with a 49.2 440y and he set a new 880y record of 1:55.0. Two weeks later he brought the 440y record down to 48.4, and after an impressive showing at the Finals Trials, was selected for three events at the Stockholm Olympics. The 20-year-old schoolboy's Olympic career started auspiciously. He defeated the defending champion, Mel Sheppard, in the 800 m in a new world record of 1:51.9, and continued on to the 880y mark, where he also posted a new world record of 1:52.5. In the 400 m he misjudged the pace and finished fourth but he claimed a second gold in the 4×400 m relay. On his return from Stockholm, Meredith enrolled at Penn, and at the 1916 IC4A he set a world record of 47.4 for 440y and won the 880y. He retired in 1918 as the holder of the interscholastic, Collegiate, American, and World Records for 400 m, 400y, 800 m, and 880y, and was a member of the relay world record holders for 1,600 m and the mile. Ted Meredith attempted a comeback in 1920, but was eliminated in the semi-finals of the Olympic 400 m. He then closed out his career and became a real estate broker.

Personal Bests: 440y – 47.4 (1916); 880y – 1:52.2 (1916).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Men's 400 metres United States USA 4
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Men's 800 metres United States USA 1 Gold WR
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR
1920 Summer 28 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 400 metres United States USA 4 h2 r3/4
1920 Summer 28 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay United States USA 4

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T L MB
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics United States Final 4 49.2 1
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 48.8
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 2 QU
1920 Summer 28 Antwerpen Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 4 50.4est
1920 Summer 28 Antwerpen Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 50.8est 1 m. bh2
1920 Summer 28 Antwerpen Athletics United States Round One Heat Four 1 QU 51.6

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics United States Final 1 WR 1:51.9
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 1:54.4
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics United States Round One Heat Eight 2 QU

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T MB
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics United States USA Final 1 WR 3:16.6
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics United States USA Round One Heat Two 1 QU 3:23.3
1920 Summer 28 Antwerpen Athletics United States USA Final 4 3:23.6est 1 m. bh3
1920 Summer 28 Antwerpen Athletics United States USA Round One Heat Two 2 QU 3:40.7est 15 m. bh1
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