James Barrett

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJames Joseph•Barrett
Used nameJames•Barrett
Born17 December 1879 in Rahela, Ballyduff, Kerry (IRL)
Died27 July 1942 in St. Pancras, England (GBR)
AffiliationsPolytechnic Harriers, Westminster (GBR)
NOC Great Britain
Nationality Ireland


James Barrett was an Irish member of the Polytechnic Harriers and the brother of the tug-of-war Olympic gold medalist, Ned. John Barrett was the Irish shot put champion seven times (IAAA - 1903, 1906-08, 1911; and GAA in 1902), and he won the AAA title in 1911 and 1923. He also briefly held the world record for the 28-lb. and 48-lb. shot put. At the 1908 Olympics he failed to do himself justice after an American competitor accidentally dropped a shot on his foot. His career was a policeman with the Royal Irish Constabulary.

Personal Best: SP – 13.88 (1904).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR IRL James Barrett
Shot Put, Men (Olympic) AC
Discus Throw, Greek Style, Men (Olympic) AC

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