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Lawson Robertson

Full name: Lawson N. Robertson
Nickname(s): Robbie
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: September 24, 1883 in Aberdeen, Aberdeen City, Great Britain
Died: January 22, 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Affiliations: I-AAC, Queens (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver, 2 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

After winning the AAU 100 y in 1904 as a member of the Irish-American AC, Lawson Robertson was appointed coach of the club in 1909. Although he enjoyed moderate success as an athlete, Robertson will be best remembered as an outstanding coach. He remained as coach of the Irish-American club until 1916 when he took up an appointment at Penn. Robertson remained at Franklin Field for 31 years, except for a brief period during World War I, when he served as a lieutenant in the air service. Robertson was assistant coach to the U.S. Olympic teams in 1912 and 1920 and was head coach in 1924, 1928, 1932, and 1936. Robertson's most controversial moment as Olympic coach occurred in 1936 when he changed the line-up for the US 4×100 relay at the last moment, replacing Marty Glickman and Sam Stoller with Jesse Owens and Ralph Metcalfe. Glickman and Stoller were both Jewish and some thought that Robertson's move was to avoid insulting the Nazi's and their hatred of Jews.

Personal Bests: 100 – 11.0 (1908); 200 – 22.3 (1906).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1904 Summer 20 St. Louis Athletics Men's 60 metres United States USA 3 h3 r1/2
1904 Summer 20 St. Louis Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 6
1904 Summer 20 St. Louis Athletics Men's Standing High Jump United States USA 3 Bronze
1906 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 5
1906 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Men's 400 metres United States USA 2 h4 r1/3
1906 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Men's Standing High Jump United States USA 2T Silver
1906 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Men's Standing Long Jump United States USA 3 Bronze
1906 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Men's Pentathlon (Ancient) United States USA 6
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 2 h4 r2/3
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics Men's 200 metres United States USA 2 h3 r1/3
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics Men's Standing High Jump United States USA AC

Men's 60 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1904 Summer 20 St. Louis Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 3

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank MB T
1904 Summer 20 St. Louis Athletics United States Final 6
1904 Summer 20 St. Louis Athletics United States Round One Heat One 2 QU
1906 Summer 22 Athina Athletics United States Final 5 =4th
1906 Summer 22 Athina Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 2 yds bh
1906 Summer 22 Athina Athletics United States Round One Heat Nine 1 QU 11.4
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Four 2 at 1 ft 11.2est
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics United States Round One Heat Thirteen 1 QU 11.4

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T MB
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 2 23.0est at 1 yd

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1906 Summer 22 Athina Athletics United States Round One Heat Four 2 QC

Men's Standing High Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank H(M) H(I) H
1904 Summer 20 St. Louis Athletics United States Final Standings 3 1.44 4-9
1906 Summer 22 Athina Athletics United States Final Standings 2T 1.400
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics United States Final Standings AC
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics United States Qualifying Round NP
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group D AC

Men's Standing Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1906 Summer 22 Athina Athletics United States Final Standings 3 3.050
1906 Summer 22 Athina Athletics United States Round One 4 2.910
1906 Summer 22 Athina Athletics United States Round Two 3 3.040
1906 Summer 22 Athina Athletics United States Round Three 3 3.010
1906 Summer 22 Athina Athletics United States Round Four 3 3.050

Men's Pentathlon (Ancient)

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank O D
1906 Summer 22 Athina Athletics United States Final Standings 6 36
1906 Summer 22 Athina Athletics United States Standing long jump 1 2.955
1906 Summer 22 Athina Athletics United States Discus throw (Greek style) 17