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Arthur Duffey

Full name: Arthur Francis Duffey
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 137 lbs (62 kg)
Born: June 14, 1879 in Roxbury, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 25, 1955 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Affiliations: Georgetown Hoyas, Washington (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics


Arthur Duffey was considered the fastest man in the world in 1900 and was the favorite for the Olympic sprint title that year, but did not finish in the final due to a pulled muscle. He was AAU 100 yard champion 1899, but oddly, his greater success came in England where he won the AAA title from 1900-04. He also "won" the IC4A 100 yard title from 1901-03, running for Georgetown. His 1902 time of 9.6 was a world record and the first recording of 9 3/5. But Duffey's records and titles were stricken by AAU President James Sullivan over a petty dispute involving running shoes. Duffey refused to wear Spalding running shoes, and Sullivan worked for Spalding. Sullivan claimed that Duffey violated amateur rules during this dispute and prevailed, but there is little evidence of that. Duffey subsequently joined a Boston newspaper as a sportswriter, which remained for most of his life.

Personal Bests: 100y – 9.6 (1902); 100 – 11.0 (1900).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1900 Summer 20 Paris Athletics Men's 100 metres United States USA AC

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1900 Summer 20 Paris Athletics United States Final AC DNF
1900 Summer 20 Paris Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 11.0
1900 Summer 20 Paris Athletics United States Round One Heat One 1 QU/OR 11.4
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