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Michael Collins

Full name: Michael Collins
Gender: Male
Born: September 15, 1879 in Currans, Kerry, Ireland
Died: February 23, 1959 in Currans, Kerry, Ireland
Affiliations: Gaelic Athletic Association, Dublin (IRL)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics


Michael Collins was born in Currans, Farranfore, County Kerry, Ireland. Collins was one of four brothers who all excelled in sports. In the early 1900s Michael Collins went to work in London with the Pearl Life Assurance Company, where he became a member of the Polytechnic Harriers. He placed third in the AAA shot put in 1905 and fourth in 1906. At the 1908 Olympic Games he did not compete in the shot put and failed to qualify for the final of the freestyle discus throw. By 1911 Collins had returned to Ireland where he inherited a farm from his father at Ballindroichead, Currans, where he lived for the remainder of his life.

In 2010 an article in the Irish Times mistakenly attributed this Olympic appearance to the Republican revolutionary leader, and later Irish government minister, of the same name. This is definitely not correct.

Personal Best\: SP – 11.35 (37-2¾) (1905).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics Men's Discus Throw Great Britain GBR AC

Men's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics Great Britain Final Standings AC
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round AC
1908 Summer 28 London Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group C AC
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