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John Eke

Full name: John Wicktor Eke (Jonsson-)
Gender: Male
Height: 5-7 (171 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: March 12, 1886 in Högby, Borgholm, Kalmar, Sweden
Died: September 29, 1964 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Affiliations: Södermalms IK, Bromma (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

John Eke was a promising young cross-country and long-distance runner, who won the Sundbyberg cross-country race in 1908, but he emigrated to the United States in 1909. Settling in Jamestown, New York, Eke worked as a sheet metal worker and continued to run with the Irish-American AC. In 1912 he returned to Sweden with an intention to compete at the Olympics, and that was the only time he competed at the Swedish championships, finishing second behind [Hendrik Nordström] in the cross-country race and winning the team cross-country gold with Södermalms IK, a performance that earned him a spot on the Swedish Olympic team. At the Olympics, Eke finished third in the cross-country and helped the Swedish team to won a team gold medal, when they narrowly edged the favored Finns by only one point. He also participated in the 10K race at the Olympics, but after finishing fourth in his first round heat and qualifying for the final, Eke did not start the final.

After the Olympics, Eke returned to United States and continued to run with the Irish-American AC for several seasons. His most notable accomplishment came in winning the 1913 AAU team cross-country title with the Irish-American AC. In 1915, he moved to Philadelphia and finished his running career, living there the rest of his life, where he worked as a sheet metal worker with the Art Metal Construction Co., until his retirement in 1961 as a supervisor.

Personal Best: 10000 – 33:33.0 (1912).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 26 Stockholm Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Sweden SWE 4 h1 r1/2
1912 Summer 26 Stockholm Athletics Men's Cross-Country, Individual Sweden SWE 3 Bronze
1912 Summer 26 Stockholm Athletics Men's Cross-Country, Team Sweden SWE 1 Gold

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 26 Stockholm Athletics Sweden Round One Heat One 4 QU 34:55.8

Men's Cross-Country, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 26 Stockholm Athletics Sweden Final Standings 3 46:37.6

Men's Cross-Country, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP ST
1912 Summer 26 Stockholm Athletics Sweden SWE Final Standings 1 10 3 46:37.6
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