Fred McCarthy

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameFrederick Richard "Fred"•McCarthy
Used nameFred•McCarthy
Born15 October 1881 in Stratford, Ontario (CAN)
Died15 February 1974 in Toronto, Ontario (CAN)
NOC Canada


Fred McCarthy was a distinguished national and international amateur cyclist during the early 1900s and attended the 1908 Summer Olympics, winning a bronze medal in the team pursuit, 1,980 yards event and competing in several others. He was reclassified as a professional in July 1910 after participating in several cash prize races on the Vailsburg Velodrome in Newark, New Jersey. He raced that year in a six-day event in Boston, finishing eighth. He continued to race as a professional through 1914, but never reached the level of distinction that he achieved as an amateur, although he was still competing as late as 1926. Outside of cycling, he had a career as a candymaker.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) CAN Fred McCarthy
Sprint, Men (Olympic) 2 h2 r1/3
Sprint, Men (Olympic) 4 h4 r1/3
Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Walt Andrews 3 h7 r1/3
Team Pursuit, 1,980 yards, Men (Olympic) Canada 3 Bronze
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 h2 r1/2
20 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 6 h1 r1/2
100 kilometres, Men (Olympic) AC h1 r1/2