Full name: Cornelius Edward "Con" Walsh
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 214 lbs (97 kg)
Born: April 24, 1885 in Carriganimma, Cork, Ireland
Died: December 7, 1961 in Seattle, Washington, United States
Affiliations: I-AAC, Queens (USA)
Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)
Con Walsh’s first victory in the hammer throw came at a local tournament in his native Ireland in 1900, but by then he was already known as an able footballer and place kicker, as he had played in a first-class, All-Ireland football final in 1899. He repeated this feat in 1901, the same year that he first became the Irish national champion in place kicking. In 1906 he set a world record for distance in the 56-lb. weight throw and became the Irish national champion in five disciplines: the 56-lb. weight throw for height and for distance, the hammer throw, the shot put, and place kicking. Seeking to compete at the Olympics for a country other than Britain, he moved to North America and joined the Irish-American Athletic Club of New York. At a local tournament in June 1907 he bested his own record in the 56-lb. weight throw and then travelled to Canada, where it was noted by The Daily Sentinel of Woodstock, Ontario that he surpassed the world record in the hammer throw in a September practice. He then became the Canadian champion in the hammer throw and broke the national record for height in the 56-lb. weight throw in October. He improved his record at the May 1908 trials for Canada’s Olympic delegation to that year’s Summer Olympics in London and was selected to attend. At the Games, he earned a bronze medal in the hammer throw.
Walsh reset the world record for height in the 56-lb. weight throw several times after the Olympics, including twice in September 1910. He also set a world record in the hammer throw while winning the event at the 1911 United States AAU Championships, but was not selected for the nation’s delegation to the 1912 Summer Olympics because he was not an American citizen. After moving to Seattle to train on the West Coast, he decided to retire from active competition in April 1912. Outside of sports he worked as a police officer, serving as a member and coach of the Seattle Police Force’s track team, and, in retirement, held a job as a doorman at a medical building, where he died in 1961 after falling down an elevator shaft. In 2009 a plaque was erected in his hometown of Carriganima to honor his achievements.
Personal Best: HT - 54.12 (1911).
|1908 Summer||23||London||Athletics||Men's Hammer Throw||Canada||CAN||3||Bronze|
|1908 Summer||23||London||Athletics||Canada||Final Standings||3||48.51||159-1½|
|1908 Summer||23||London||Athletics||Canada||Final Round||3||48.51||159-1½|
|1908 Summer||23||London||Athletics||Canada||Qualifying Round||3||QU||48.51||159-1½|
|1908 Summer||23||London||Athletics||Canada||Qualifying Round||Group A||1||48.51||159-1½|