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Charley Paddock

Full name: Charles William "Charley" Paddock
Gender: Male
Height: 5'8" (172 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: August 11, 1900 in Gainesville, Texas, United States
Died: July 21, 1943 in Sitka, Alaska, United States
Affiliations: LAAC, Los Angeles (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold, 2 Silver (4 Total)

Biography

Although he had been the California sprint champion for the previous three years, Charley Paddock first achieved international recognition with a double victory at the Inter-Allied Games in Paris in 1919. Paddock was a lieutenant in the artillery at the time, and when he returned home he became the most famous track athlete of the twenties. He had a bouncing stride, high knee action and a famous "jump finish". He always wore silk when he ran and, in addition to being a successful journalist, he was his own publicity manager. He thus presented an aura which endeared him to the sporting public and, to satisfy his admirers, he frequently set world records at a variety of odd and seldom contested distances. Paddock had a wonderful record in more traditional competition, as well. He won five AAU titles and officially equalled the world 100y record of 9.6 five times. Early in 1921 he ran 10.4 for 100 m to equal the world record, but his finest performance came two months later when he clocked 10.2 for 110 y (100.58 m) although this was not accepted as a world record because he had run more than 100m. Paddock was a Southern Cal graduate ('23) who appeared in several movies-usually playing himself. He was later portrayed in the Oscar-winning film, "Chariots of Fire", as the brash American – not totally untrue. Paddock was killed in an air crash over Alaska while serving as a captain in the Marines.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.2 (1921); 200 – 21.0 (1923).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 1 Gold
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 200 metres United States USA 2 Silver
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 5
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics Men's 200 metres United States USA 2 Silver
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 200 metres United States USA 4 h1 r3/4

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T L
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Athletics United States Final 1 10.8 3
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 11.0
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 10.8
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Athletics United States Round One Heat Eight 1 QU 10.8
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics United States Final 5 10.9 1
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 10.7
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Five 1 QU 10.8
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 1 QU 11.2

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T MB L
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Athletics United States Final 2 22.0est 10 cm. bh1 4
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 22.5est ½ m. bh1
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Three 2 QU 22.9est close bh1
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Athletics United States Round One Heat Six 1 QU 23.2
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics United States Final 2 21.7 6
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 21.8
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU 22.2
1924 Summer 23 Paris Athletics United States Round One Heat Ten 2 QU 22.3
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 4 22.1
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 21.8
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Athletics United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU 22.2

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Athletics United States USA Final 1 WR 42.2
1920 Summer 19 Antwerpen Athletics United States USA Round One Heat One 1 QU 43.0