Charles Bacon

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
RolesCompeted 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