Wesley Coe

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWilliam Wesley•Coe, Jr.
Used nameWesley•Coe
Born8 May 1878 in Boston, Massachusetts (USA)
Died24 December 1926 in Bozeman, Montana (USA)
Measurements178 cm / 95 kg
AffiliationsYale Bulldogs, New Haven (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


Competing regularly on both sides of the Atlantic, Wesley Coe was one of the better-known athletes of his time. In 1900 he won the first AAU Junior shot put title, and the following year began study at Oxford. While there he won the British AAA title in 1901 and 1902 and won both the shot and hammer in the annual match against Cambridge in 1902. On his return to the states, Coe entered Yale, but did not represent them at the major collegiate meets. After placing second in the 1904 Olympic shot, he won the AAU in 1905 with a new world record of 49-6 (15.09), repeating that title in 1906. At the 1908 Olympics he was out of form and only placed fourth with a modest throw. Coe frequently traveled to England in later years; in 1912 he finished second in the shot at the AAA championships and in 1920 he won the 56-lb. weight event on the only occasion it was held at the British Championships. From a wealthy family Coe never worked but tinkered with some minor inventions. He returned to America in 1926, settling in Montana for his health, but died six months later of Hodgkin’s disease.

Personal Best: SP – 49-6 (15.09) (1905).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1904 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Wesley Coe
Shot Put, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Shot Put, Handicap, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 1
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Wesley Coe
Shot Put, Men (Olympic) 4
Tug-Of-War USA Wesley Coe
Tug-Of-War, Men (Olympic) United States 5