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Jackson Scholz

Full name: Jackson Volney Scholz
Gender: Male
Height: 5'8" (172 cm)
Weight: 134 lbs (61 kg)
Born: March 15, 1897 in Buchanan, Michigan, United States
Died: October 26, 1986 in Delray Beach, Florida, United States
Affiliations: NYAC, New York (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Jackson Scholz was the first man to reach the final of an individual sprint event at three separate Olympic Games. In 1920 he was a finalist in the 100m, in 1924 he won the 200m and was second in the 100m, and in 1928 he made the final of the 200m, narrowly missing a fourth Olympic medal. Initially Scholz was placed equal third with Helmut Körnig of Germany but the judges ruled in favor of a run-off the next day. Scholz had already left the track and begun partying and the next day he was in no shape to run, so he declined the offer. The photo of the finish subsequently showed that this was, in fact, the correct decision. Scholz, who attended Missouri, had a great competitive record and could claim victories over all the great sprinters of his era. In his 10 races with Charlie Paddock he won seven and tied another, but the 220y in 1925 was, surprisingly the only AAU title that he won. Scholz also laid claim to world records at 100y, 200m, and the 4 x 100m relay. Jackson Scholz later became well known as a writer of pulp fiction. The movie, "Chariots of Fire,” again made Scholz famous by portraying him as a leading character. Shortly after the movie, when asked how he would like to be remembered, he remarked, "... as a winner, a successful runner, a decent writer and a gentleman. And one other thing ... I was fast. I hope they remember I was fast."

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.5 (1924); 200 – 21.2y (1926).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 4
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 2 Silver
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics Men's 200 metres United States USA 1 Gold OR
1928 Summer 31 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 200 metres United States USA 4

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T MB L
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Athletics United States Final 4 10.9est chest bh3 5
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 10.9est 50 cm. bh1
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 10.8
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Athletics United States Round One Heat Twelve 1 QU 10.8
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics United States Final 2 10.7 3
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 10.8
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Six 1 QU 10.8
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics United States Round One Heat Thirteen 1 QU 10.8

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T L
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics United States Final 1 OR 21.6 4
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 21.8
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 21.8
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics United States Round One Heat Six 1 QU 22.4
1928 Summer 31 Amsterdam Athletics United States Final 4 21.9 5
1928 Summer 31 Amsterdam Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 21.9
1928 Summer 31 Amsterdam Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 21.8
1928 Summer 31 Amsterdam Athletics United States Round One Heat Six 1 QU 22.2

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Athletics United States USA Final 1 WR 42.2
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Athletics United States USA Round One Heat One 1 QU 43.0