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Bill Shanahan

Full name: William F. "Bill" Shanahan
Gender: Male
Born: March 22, 1897 in Kilcarney, Tipperary, Ireland
Died: May 29, 1954 in Ballinure, Tipperary, Ireland
Affiliations: Dublin Metropolitan Police, Dublin (IRL)
Country: IRL Ireland
Sport: Athletics

Biography

As an athlete, Bill Shanahan won over 80 medals in county, inter-country and all-Ireland championships. During his career he won Irish titles in the high jump, long jump, triple jump, high hurdles, pole vault, and decathlon, winning his first title in 1918 in the high jump. He attended his local Noan National School, then joined the old IRA, prior to joining the Army. In 1923 he became a member of the Dublin Metropolitan Police, and was stationed in Dublin for most of his career. On 7 May 1940 he and Detective James McSweeney were carrying state mail by motorcycle when they were attacked by sub-machine gun fire and were both severely wounded. In October 1941 both were awarded the Scott Gold Medal for Valor. Shanahan survived the attack, dying in Dublin in 1954, and is buried in Ballinure Graveyard. His brother, Tom, won a 1916 All-Ireland Senior Hurling medal with Tipperary.

Personal Best: Dec – 4931 (1924).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics Men's Decathlon Ireland IRL 19

Men's Decathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank P(1912BT) P(1985T) T D H
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics Ireland Final Standings 19 5,426.6800 4.931
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics Ireland 100 metres 20T 714.4 643 11.8
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics Ireland 100 metres Heat Three 3 714.4 643 11.8
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics Ireland Long jump 20 657.000 630 6.200
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics Ireland Shot put 30 427.5 462 9.615
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics Ireland High jump 8T 678 544 1.70
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics Ireland 400 metres 24T 729.28 577 55.4
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics Ireland 400 metres Heat Nine 3 729.28 577 55.4
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics Ireland 110 metre hurdles 5T 829 620 16.8
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics Ireland 110 metre hurdles Heat Four 1 829 620 16.8
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics Ireland Discus throw 22 234.30 368 25.060
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics Ireland Pole vault 18 389.8 314 2.82
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics Ireland Javelin throw 18 395.0000 428 39.000
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics Ireland 1,500 metres 25 372.4 345 5:41.4
1924 Summer 27 Paris Athletics Ireland 1,500 metres Heat One 5 372.4 345 5:41.4
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