Con Leahy

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Competed in Intercalated Games
Full nameCornelius "Con"•Leahy
Used nameCon•Leahy
Born27 April 1876 in Cregane, Charleville, Cork (IRL)
Died18 November 1921 in Manhattan, New York, New York (USA)
AffiliationsAmateur Athletic Association, IRL
NOC Great Britain
Nationality Ireland
Medals OG IG
Gold 0 1
Silver 1 1
Bronze 0 0
Total 1 2


Con Leahy was one of seven brothers who were all outstanding athletes. Pat Leahy was a silver medalist in the 1900 Olympic high jump, Tim headed the world ranking list in the high jump in 1912, Joe was a 23-foot (7.01) long jumper, but only Con won an Olympic gold medal. The 1906 Olympic high jump began soon after mid-day with the bar set at the absurd height of 1.37 (4-6). It was then raised one centimetre at a time and all competitors were required to clear every height. After three hours the bar was still only at 1.67 m (5-5¾) and the seven competitors who were still in contention then agreed that the bar should be raised in increments of five centimetres. Two hours later only Leahy and the Hungarian Lajos Gönczy remained, and after Leahy cleared 1.775 m (5-9¾) at his first attempt, the Hungarian failed three times and the gold medal went to the Irishman, who had celebrated his 30th birthday the previous day. The Greek official persuaded Leahy to continue jumping with the bar at 6-feet (1.83), but after two failures he declined to make a third attempt. Later in the Games, Leachy finished second to his fellow Irishman Peter O’Connor in the triple jump. He was the Irish high jump champion in 1907-8 and won the AAA high jump title four years in succession, 1905-08. In 1907 he won the high jump at the US Championships, and at the 1908 Olympics he was in a three-way tie for second place in the high jump. In August 1909, Con Leahy and his brother Pat immigrated to America, where they both eventually died.

Personal Bests: HJ – 1.954ex (1908); LJ – 7.21 (23-8) (1902); TJ – 15.06 (49-5) (1902).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1906 Intercalated Games Athletics GBR IRL Con Leahy
High Jump, Men (Intercalated) 1 Gold
Standing High Jump, Men (Intercalated) DNS
Long Jump, Men (Intercalated) DNS
Standing Long Jump, Men (Intercalated) DNS
Triple Jump, Men (Intercalated) 2 Silver
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR IRL Con Leahy
High Jump, Men (Olympic) =2 Silver
Standing High Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS
Long Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS
Standing Long Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS
Triple Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS

Olympic family relations


Irish birth records show YOB = 1876, but Leahy apparently started using 1880 after emigrating to the USA.