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Dick Sheldon

Full name: Richard "Dick" Sheldon
Gender: Male
Born: July 9, 1878 in Rutland, Vermont, United States
Died: January 23, 1935 in New York, New York, United States
Affiliations: NYAC, New York (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Brother of Lewis Sheldon.

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Like his older brother, Lewis, Dick Sheldon was an outstanding performer for both Yale and the New York AC. The first of his many successes came in 1896 when he won the IC4A shot. In 1897 he placed second in the shot and third in the hammer at the British championships and the following year he won the AAU shot and 56-lb. weight throw. In 1899, Sheldon confirmed his talents as an all-round weightman by taking a shot/discus double at the AAU championships and setting a world discus record of 122-3½ (37.27). In 1900, Sheldon won the British shot title with a new championship record and then crossed the Channel to Paris where he improved his best to 46-3¼ (14.10) and became the youngest ever winner of the Olympic shot put title. Reports of his being the youngest champion in an Olympic weight event are unfounded; examination of his birth certificate shows him to be born in 1878, not in 1880 as usually quoted. In addition to track, Dick Sheldon competed on the football team at Yale. After graduation he worked for the Cadillac Motor Co.

Personal Bests: SP – 14.25 (1904); DT – 37.35 (1899).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1900 Summer 21 Paris Athletics Men's Shot Put United States USA 1 Gold OR
1900 Summer 21 Paris Athletics Men's Discus Throw United States USA 3 Bronze

Men's Shot Put

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1900 Summer 21 Paris Athletics United States Final Standings 1 OR 14.10
1900 Summer 21 Paris Athletics United States Final Round 1 OR 14.10
1900 Summer 21 Paris Athletics United States Qualifying Round 1 QU/OR 13.80

Men's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1900 Summer 21 Paris Athletics United States Final Standings 3 34.60
1900 Summer 21 Paris Athletics United States Final Round NP 34.60
1900 Summer 21 Paris Athletics United States Qualifying Round 3 QU 34.10
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