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Paddy Ryan

Full name: Patrick James "Paddy" Ryan
Gender: Male
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
Weight: 249 lbs (113 kg)
Born: January 4, 1881 in Old Pallas, Limerick, Ireland
Died: February 13, 1964 in Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Affiliations: Loughlin Lyceum
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Paddy Ryan won his first Irish hammer title in 1902 when, as a virtual novice, he beat the great Tom Kiely for the championship. In 1910, Ryan emigrated to America and, after placing third in the hammer at the 1911 AAU meet, improved to take second place in 1912 before taking his first AAU title in 1913. Apart from 1918, when he was in France with the American Expeditionary Forces, he won the hammer title from 1913 thru 1921, when he retired. The first five titles came when Ryan was a member of the Irish-American Athletic Club. While in New York, Ryan worked as a labor foreman, but in 1924 he returned to Eire to take over the family farm and remained there until his death. Ryan was not eligible to represent the U.S. at the 1912 Olympics, but the following year he showed what a threat he might have been in Stockholm. At the 1913 Eccentric Fireman’s Games he set the first official IAAF world record with a throw of 189-6½ (57.77), which was to remain a world record for more than 25 years and was not beaten as a U.S. record until 1953. In 1920, Paddy Ryan won the Olympic title by the widest margin on record, beating Carl Johan Lind of Sweden by almost 15 feet.

Personal Bests: HT – 189-6½ (57.77) (1913); 56 lb. Throw – 40-2 (12.24) (1913).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 39 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 56-pound Weight Throw United States USA 2 Silver
1920 Summer 39 Antwerpen Athletics Men's Hammer Throw United States USA 1 Gold

Men's 56-pound Weight Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1920 Summer 39 Antwerpen Athletics United States Final Standings 2 10.965
1920 Summer 39 Antwerpen Athletics United States Final Round 2 10.965
1920 Summer 39 Antwerpen Athletics United States Qualifying Round 2 QU 10.925

Men's Hammer Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1920 Summer 39 Antwerpen Athletics United States Final Standings 1 52.875
1920 Summer 39 Antwerpen Athletics United States Final Round 1 52.875
1920 Summer 39 Antwerpen Athletics United States Qualifying Round 1 QU 52.875