Charles Bacon

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Intercalated Games
Full nameCharles James•Bacon, Jr.
Used nameCharles•Bacon
Born9 January 1885 in Brooklyn, New York, New York (USA)
Died15 November 1968 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (USA)
Measurements183 cm / 77 kg
AffiliationsI-AAC, Queens, New York (USA)
NOC United States


A prominent member of the Irish-American AC, Charles Bacon set a new world record of 57.0 in the heats of the 400 m hurdles at the 1908 Olympics. The defending champion, Harry Hillman, brought the record down to 56.4 in the second round but, in the final Bacon beat Hillman on the run-in and further reduced the record to 55.0. Bacon won the AAU junior 880 y title in 1903 but never won a national championship in the senior ranks.

Personal Bests: 400 – unknown; 800 – unknown; 1500 – unknown; 400H – 55.0 (1908); HJ – 5-9 (1.75) (1908).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1904 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Charles Bacon
400 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS
800 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS
880 yards, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 2
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 9
400 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic) DNS
1906 Intercalated Games Athletics USA Charles Bacon
400 metres, Men (Intercalated) 5
800 metres, Men (Intercalated) 6
1,500 metres, Men (Intercalated) DNS
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Charles Bacon
400 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold