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Mel Sheppard

Full name: Melvin Winfield "Mel" Sheppard
Gender: Male
Height: 5'10" (177 cm)
Weight: 148 lbs (67 kg)
Born: September 5, 1883 in Almonesson Lake, New Jersey, United States
Died: January 4, 1942 in Queens, New York, United States
Affiliations: Brown Prep School, Philadelphia / Irish-American Athletic Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 4 Gold, 1 Silver (5 Total)

Biography

As a dedicated frontrunner Mel Sheppard had a great influence on the development of middle distance running. In both his Olympic 800 m finals he led the field at the half-way mark, running 53.0 in 1908 and 52.4 in 1912. In London a second 400 m of 59.4 was good enough to take Sheppard to the Olympic gold medal in a new world record of 1:52.4, but in Stockholm his 59.6 second lap failed to match the finishing speed of Ted Meredith, who removed from Sheppard his Olympic title and world record. To his gold medal for the 800 m in London, Sheppard added Olympic victories in the 1,500 m and the medley relay and won a fourth gold medal in 1912 as a member of the 1,600 m relay team. Mel Sheppard won the AAU 880y in 1906-08 and 1911-12, and was the Canadian 880y champion in those years. Sheppard was educated at Brown Prep School and, having been rejected by the New York police because of a weak heart, he entered the employ of John Wanamaker in 1913 and served as the recreational director of the Millrose AA for many years.

Personal Bests: 400 – 48.8 (1912); 800 – 1:52.0 (1912); 1500 – 4:01.2 (1912).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics Men's 800 metres United States USA 1 Gold WR
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 1 Gold OR
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics Men's 1,600 metres Medley Relay United States USA 1 Gold
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics Men's 400 metres United States USA 2 h3 r2/3
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics Men's 800 metres United States USA 2 Silver
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics Men's 1,500 metres United States USA AC
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Three 2 48.9est
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 2 QU 1:06.6

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T MB
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics United States Final 1 WR 1:52.8 1:54.0/880y
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 1 QU 1:58.0
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Final 2 1:52.0
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 1:54.8
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Round One Heat Seven 2 QU

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics United States Final 1 OR 4:03.4
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 1 QU/OR 4:05.0
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Final AC
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States Round One Heat One 1 QU 4:27.6

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States USA Final 1 WR 3:16.6
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Athletics United States USA Round One Heat Two 1 QU 3:23.3

Men's 1,600 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T MB
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics United States USA Final 1 3:29.4 1:55,4
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics United States USA Round One Heat Three 1 QU 3:27.2