Full name: Forrest Custer Smithson
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 179 lbs (81 kg)
Born: September 26, 1884 in Portland, Oregon, United States
Died: November 24, 1962 in Contra Costa County, California, United States
Affiliations: Multnomah AC, Portland (USA)
Country: United States
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Forrest Smithson attended both Notre Dame and Oregon State (then Oregon Agricultural College), but did not graduate from either school. He later became a Baptist minister and supposedly won the 1908 Olympic high hurdles carrying a Bible in his hand as a protest against Sunday competition. However, this claim, based on a posed picture in the Official Report of the Olympics, is false. The final of the race was held on a Saturday, and Sunday racing was uncommon in Britain at the time. Smithson won the AAU title in 1907 and 1909 and his winning time of 15.0 at the 1908 Olympic was recognized as the first official IAAF record.
Personal Bests: 100 â 11.2 (1968); 110H â 15.0 (1908).
|1908 Summer||23||London||Athletics||Men's 110 metres Hurdles||United States||USA||1||Gold||WR|
|1908 Summer||23||London||Athletics||United States||Final||1||WR||15.0|
|1908 Summer||23||London||Athletics||United States||Semi-Finals||Heat Two||1||QU/=OR||15.4|
|1908 Summer||23||London||Athletics||United States||Round One||Heat Ten||1||QU||15.8|