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Meyer Prinstein

Full name: Meyer Prinstein
Other name(s): Mejer Prinsztejn
Gender: Male
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
Weight: 163 lbs (74 kg)
Born: December 22, 1878 in Szczuczyn, Podlaskie, Poland
Died: March 10, 1925 in New York, New York, United States
Affiliations: Syracuse Orange, Syracuse (USA) / I-AAC, Queens (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 4 Gold, 1 Silver (5 Total)

Biography

While attending Syracuse, Meyer Prinstein won the 1898 IC4A long jump with a new American record of 23-7¾ (7.21) and two weeks later at the New York AC Games he posted a world record of 23-8⅞ (7.235). Prinstein's duels with Alvin Kraenzlein were the highlight of many track meets at the turn of the century and they met three times in major meets in 1900. Prinstein opened with a new world record of 24-7¼ (7.50) at the Penn Relays, then Kraenzlein took the IC4A title and the Olympic gold medal, although that victory engendered considerable ill feeling between the two athletes. At the end of the qualifying round Prinstein held a narrow lead and he then declined to compete in the final because it was held on a Sunday. Prinstein claimed that he had an agreement with Kraenzlein that neither would compete in the final, but either Kraenzlein did not know this, or he reneged on the promise, because he returned to the Racing Club de Paris on that Sunday and beat Prinstein's mark by a mere quarter of an inch. It seems likely that Kraenzlein did, in fact, renege on an agreement – it is unlikely that Prinstein, a Jew, would refuse to compete on Sunday unless in support of his teammates' stand. Prinstein's response to Kraenzlein's actions was to take action of his own. He punched Kraenzlein, but they were quickly pulled apart before a fight ensued. After graduating from Syracuse in 1901, Prinstein joined the Irish-American AC and at the 1904 Olympics became the only man to ever win the long jump and triple jump at the same Olympics. Besides his Olympic successes, Prinstein won the AAU long jump title four times between 1898 and 1906. Prinstein later practiced as a lawyer, but died rather young.

Personal Bests: 100 – unknown; 400 – 50.6 (1904); LJ – 24-7¼ (7.50) (1900); TJ – 47-5¾ (14.47) (1900).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1900 Summer 21 Paris Athletics Men's Long Jump United States USA 2 Silver OR
1900 Summer 21 Paris Athletics Men's Triple Jump United States USA 1 Gold OR
1904 Summer 25 St. Louis Athletics Men's 60 metres United States USA 5
1904 Summer 25 St. Louis Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 4 h2 r1/2
1904 Summer 25 St. Louis Athletics Men's 400 metres United States USA 5
1904 Summer 25 St. Louis Athletics Men's Long Jump United States USA 1 Gold OR
1904 Summer 25 St. Louis Athletics Men's Triple Jump United States USA 1 Gold
1906 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 2 h10r1/3
1906 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Men's Long Jump United States USA 1 Gold
1906 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Men's Triple Jump United States USA 11

Men's 60 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1904 Summer 25 St. Louis Athletics United States Final 5
1904 Summer 25 St. Louis Athletics United States Round One Heat One 2 QC
1904 Summer 25 St. Louis Athletics United States Round One Repêchage Heat 1T QU 7.2

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1904 Summer 25 St. Louis Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 4
1906 Summer 27 Athina Athletics United States Round One Heat Ten 2 QU

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1904 Summer 25 St. Louis Athletics United States Final Standings 5

Men's Long Jump

Men's Triple Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D D(M) D(I)
1900 Summer 21 Paris Athletics United States Final Standings 1 OR 14.47
1904 Summer 25 St. Louis Athletics United States Final Standings 1 14.35 47-1
1906 Summer 27 Athina Athletics United States Final Standings 11 12.270
1906 Summer 27 Athina Athletics United States Round One 10 12.270
1906 Summer 27 Athina Athletics United States Round Two 11 foul
1906 Summer 27 Athina Athletics United States Round Three 11 foul