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Platt Adams

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Olympic Games (non-medal events)
SexMale
Full namePlatt•Adams
Used namePlatt•Adams
Born23 March 1885 in Belleville, New Jersey (USA)
Died27 February 1961 in Normandy Beach, New Jersey (USA)
Measurements188 cm / 78 kg
AffiliationsNYAC, New York (USA)
NOC United States

Biography

Platt Adams won the AAU junior long jump in 1907 and then took 20 senior titles while representing the New York AC. Apart from his prowess in the standing jumps he finished fifth in the Olympic triple jump in 1908 and 1912 and was the leading American on each occasion. Platt Adams also competed in 1912 Olympic Baseball demonstration event.

In 1922 Adams was elected to the New Jersey State Assembly from Essex County. In 1923 he became the state boxing inspector. He later became chairman of the Newark Athletic Track & Field Committee. He also worked as a salesman for the Interchemical Corporation of Newark.

Personal Bests: SHJ – 5-4¼ (1.63) (1912); SLJ – 11-0¼ (3.36) (1912); HJ – 1.88 (1912); LJ – 23-3½ (7.10) (1912); TJ – 14.59 (1914); JT – 139-6 (42.52) (1908).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Platt Adams
Standing High Jump, Men (Olympic) =5
Long Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS
Standing Long Jump, Men (Olympic) =6
Triple Jump, Men (Olympic) 5
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) AC
Discus Throw, Greek Style, Men (Olympic) AC
Javelin Throw, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) DNS
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Platt Adams
High Jump, Men (Olympic) NP r1/2
Standing High Jump, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Long Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS
Standing Long Jump, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Triple Jump, Men (Olympic) 5
Discus Throw, Both Hands, Men (Olympic) DNS
Javelin Throw, Men (Olympic) DNS
Javelin Throw, Both Hands, Men (Olympic) DNS
Pentathlon, Men (Olympic) DNS
Baseball (Baseball/Softball) USA Platt Adams
Baseball, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) US East "Olympics" 1

Olympic family relations