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Ralph Rose

Full name: Ralph Waldo Rose
Gender: Male
Height: 6-4.5 (195 cm)
Weight: 254 lbs (115 kg)
Born: March 17, 1884 in Healdsburg, California, United States
Died: October 16, 1913 in San Francisco, California, United States
Affiliations: Michigan Wolverines, Ann Arbor (USA) / Chicago AA, Chicago (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics, Tug-Of-War

Medals: 3 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (6 Total)

Biography

In 1904, 19-year-old Ralph Rose, a 6-6 (1.98), 235 lb. (107 kg.) giant, won three Olympic medals. His best performance in St. Louis came in the shot put when, after trailing Wesley Coe, he came back to take the Olympic title with a new world record of 48-7 (14.81). Rose lost his world record to the Irishman, Denis Horgan, later in the season, and Coe made a further improvement in 1905, but Rose recaptured the record in 1907 and beat both Horgan and Coe at the 1908 Olympics. By 1909, Rose’s weight had risen to a then massive 286 lbs. (130 kg.) and, in winning his third straight AAU title, he became the first man to break the 50-foot barrier. One week later Rose established the first official IAAF record, but his greatest day had come earlier in the season in his hometown of Healdsburg, California, when he won the shot put at 54-4 (16.56) and threw the hammer 178-5 (54.38). Both marks bettered existing world records, but they were never ratified because they were made in an unsanctioned meet, and there was some question about their measurement. The shot put mark would not be bettered, however, until 1934. Apart from his four AAU shot titles, Rose won the discus twice and was the inaugural AAU javelin champion in 1909. Rose attended the University of Michigan and later studied law at Chicago. He was the flag-bearer in 1908 who refused to dip the flag as he walked past the English king, leading to the tradition which survives to this day. He died of typhoid fever in 1913, aged only 28.

Personal Bests: SP – 51-0¾ (15.56) (1909); DT – 40.81 (1910); HT – 52.61 (1907).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1904 Summer 20 St. Louis Athletics Men's Shot Put United States USA 1 Gold =WR
1904 Summer 20 St. Louis Athletics Men's 56-pound Weight Throw United States USA 6
1904 Summer 20 St. Louis Athletics Men's Discus Throw United States USA 2 Silver OR
1904 Summer 20 St. Louis Athletics Men's Hammer Throw United States USA 3 Bronze
1908 Summer 24 London Tug-Of-War Men's Tug-Of-War United States USA 5
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics Men's Shot Put United States USA 1 Gold
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics Men's Shot Put United States USA 2 Silver OR
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics Men's Shot Put, Both Hands United States USA 1 Gold OR
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics Men's Discus Throw United States USA 11
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics Men's Hammer Throw United States USA 8T

Men's Tug-Of-War

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1908 Summer 24 London Tug-Of-War United States USA Round One Match #1 2 1908-07-17 Liverpool Police Team-2 1, USA 0

Men's Shot Put

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D(M) D(I) D
1904 Summer 20 St. Louis Athletics United States Final Standings 1 =WR 14.81 48-7
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics United States Final Standings 1 14.21 46-7½
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics United States Final Round 1 14.21 46-7½
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics United States Qualifying Round 1 QU 14.08 46-2½
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group D 1 14.08 46-2½
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Standings 2 OR 15.25
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Round 2 15.25
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Round Round One NP 14.96
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round NP QU/OR 15.25
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 1 OR 15.25
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round One 1 OR 14.98
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round Two 1 14.68
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP OR 15.25

Men's Shot Put, Both Hands

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank TD RHD LHD
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Standings 1 OR 27.70 15.23 12.47
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Round 1 27.70 15.23 12.47
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Round Round One NP 14.78 11.34
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Round Round Two NP foul 11.65
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Round Round Three NP 15.10 12.47
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round NP 26.50 15.23 11.27
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 3 26.50 15.23 11.27
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round One NP 15.11 11.04
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round Two NP foul 11.19
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP 15.23 11.27

Men's 56-pound Weight Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D(M) D(I)
1904 Summer 20 St. Louis Athletics United States Final Standings 6 8.53est 28-0est

Men's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D(M) D(I) TOD(M) TOD(I) D
1904 Summer 20 St. Louis Athletics United States Final Standings 2 OR 39.28 128-10½ 36.74 120-6¾
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Standings 11 39.65
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round 11 39.65
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group C 2 39.65
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group C Round One 3 37.34
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group C Round Two 3 38.82
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group C Round Three 1 39.65

Men's Hammer Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D(M) D(I) D
1904 Summer 20 St. Louis Athletics United States Final Standings 3 45.73 150-0½
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Standings 8T 42.58
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round 9 42.58
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 4 42.58
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round One NP foul
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round Two 4 40.80
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP 42.58
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