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Fred Kelly

Full name: Frederick Warren "Fred" Kelly
Nickname(s): King
Gender: Male
Height: 5-11.5 (182 cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Born: September 12, 1891 in Beaumont, California, United States
Died: May 7, 1974 in Medford, Oregon, United States
Affiliations: USC Trojans, Los Angeles (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


"King" Kelly took the 1912 Olympic hurdles title after the prerace favorite and reigning AAU champion, [John Nicholson], fell at the eighth hurdle. Kelly twice equalled the world record of 15.0 in 1913 before winning his first and only AAU title later in the season. By 1916 the high hurdle record was 14.6 and Kelly equalled it for a third time, although none of his marks ever received official recognition. In 1919, seven years after his Olympic victory he placed second to fellow Southern Cal alumnus Bob Simpson at the AAU championships and then retired. Kelly became one of the pioneers of commercial aviation. In 1925 he joined Western Air Express (later Western Airlines) and when he retired in 1946 he was their chief pilot.

Kelly also competed in the 1912 Olympic Baseball demonstration event.

Personal Best: 110H – 14.6 (1916).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles United States USA 1 Gold

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics United States Final 1 15.1
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Five 1 QU 15.6
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics United States Round One Heat Nine 1 QU/walkover 16.4
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