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Walter Tewksbury

Full name: Walter Beardsley Tewksbury
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: March 21, 1876 in Ashley, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 24, 1968 in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, United States
Affiliations: Penn Quakers, Philadelphia (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (5 Total)

Biography

Before graduating from Penn in 1899, Walter Tewksbury won both sprints at the IC4A meet in 1898 and 1899. He won a total of five medals at the 1900 Olympics, including a surprise victory over the French champion, Henri Tauzin, in the 400m hurdles. With hurdles fashioned out of telegraph poles and a 16-foot water jump before the finish, Tewksbury did well to clock 57.6. Tewksbury graduated from Wyoming Seminary, a prep school, in 1896, and then earned a dental degree from Penn in 1899 and practiced in his hometown of Tunkhannock. When he died in 1968 he was the last known American survivor of the 1900 Olympic Games.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.8 (1900); 200 – 22.1 (1898); 400H – 57.6 (1900).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics Men's 60 metres United States USA 2 Silver
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA 2 Silver
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics Men's 200 metres United States USA 1 Gold OR
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics Men's 200 metres Hurdles United States USA 3 Bronze
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics Men's 400 metres Hurdles United States USA 1 Gold OR

Men's 60 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank MB T
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics United States Final 2 inches
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 1 QU 7.2

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank MB T
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics United States Final 2 2 ft bh
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU/=WR 10.8
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 1 QU/=OR 11.4

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T MB
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics United States Final 1 OR 22.2
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 2 QU 1 ft bh

Men's 200 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank MB
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics United States Final 3 1 yd bh2
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 2 QU 2 yds bh

Men's 400 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics United States Final 1 OR 57.6
1900 Summer 24 Paris Athletics United States Round One Heat One 1 QU/OR 1:01.0
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