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Bob Fowler

Full name: Robert Arthur "Bob" Fowler
Nickname(s): The Ancient Marathoner
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 126 lbs (57 kg)
Born: September 15, 1882 in Trinity, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Affiliations: Cambridgeport Gymnasium, Cambridgeport (USA)
Country: NFL Newfoundland, USA United States
Sport: Athletics


Bob Fowler was a native Newfoundlander, whose family emigrated to Boston, Massachusetts in 1898. He attended school at St. Bonaventure's Collegiate in St. John's, Newfoundland. Fowler ran for the Cambridgeport Gymnasium, first entering local races in 1901. He competed in multiple marathon races, finishing second at Boston in 1907, third in 1905, 1908, and fourth in 1911, and was called "The Ancient Marathoner" in the local Boston papers. On New Year's Day 1909, Fowler won the Yonkers Marathon in 2-52:45.4, run mostly on the track, but in -18º C. (0º F.) weather, setting a world record for the marathon, although it lasted for only 41 days. Fowler has been listed as American in the records of the 1904 and 1906 Olympics for many years, but recent research reveals he did not become an American citizen until 16 September 1907, so should be listed as representing Newfoundland at the 1904 Olympic Games. His representation in 1906 can be argued although he was part of the first formal USA Team in Athens. After retiring from competition he was coach at Williams College before accepting an offer to coach the Brazilian Navy's track athletes. He later worked as an electrician at the Boston Navy Yard.

Personal Bests: Mar – 2-52:45.4 (1909); Mar (short course) – 2-26:42 (1908).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1904 Summer 21 St. Louis Athletics Men's Marathon Newfoundland NFL AC DNF
1906 Summer 23 Athina Athletics Men's Marathon United States USA AC DNF

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1904 Summer 21 St. Louis Athletics Newfoundland Final Standings AC DNF
1906 Summer 23 Athina Athletics United States Final Standings AC DNF
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