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Clarence Childs

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameClarence Chester•Childs
Used nameClarence•Childs
Born24 July 1883 in Wooster, Ohio (USA)
Died16 September 1960 in Washington, District of Columbia (USA)
Measurements183 cm / 102 kg
AffiliationsNYAC, New York (USA)
NOC United States


Track was but one of three sports at which Clarence Childs excelled. He was on the football, wrestling, and track teams at Yale and 1912 was the only year that he treated hammer throwing with any degree of seriousness. Prior to placing second at the Final Trials that year, his best performance had been a third place at the IC4A in 1911. In Stockholm he finished more than 20 feet behind the winner, Matt McGrath, but came close to beating Duncan Gillis of Canada for the silver medal. From 1914 to 1916, Childs was track and football coach at Indiana University and then saw service in France. Among other posts, he held that of athletic director at the Colombes Stadium in Paris. Leaving the army with the rank of major, he returned home and became an industrial engineer.

Personal Best: HT – 172-4 (52.53) (1912)


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Clarence Childs
Hammer Throw, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze


Year of birth also seen as 1881 and 1884.