Donald Lippincott

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameDonald Fithian•Lippincott
Used nameDonald•Lippincott
Born16 November 1893 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA)
Died9 January 1962 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA)
Measurements178 cm / 72 kg
AffiliationsPenn Quakers, Philadelphia (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 2


After setting a world record of 10.6 in the heats of the 100 m at Stockholm, Lippincott only managed to place third in the final. However, he went one better in the 200 m and took the silver medal. The following year he again showed his strength over the longer sprint and set a world record of 21.2 in taking the IC4A 220 y title on the straightaway track at Harvard. Lippincott is reputed to have beaten 48.0 for the quarter-mile and while this remains a highly suspect claim, he was undoubtedly a talented performer over this distance and was a member of the Penn team which set a world record of 3:18.0 for the 4×440 y relay in 1915. After graduating from Penn in 1915, Lippincott saw war service as a lieutenant in the Navy and later went into banking. He eventually became a broker, first with Bache, and later with Merrill Lynch.

Personal Bests: 100y – 9.6 (1913); 100 – 10.6 (1912); 200 – 21.8 (1912); 220y – 21.2s (1913).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Donald Lippincott
100 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
200 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver