Tom Curtis

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameThomas Pelham "Tom"•Curtis
Used nameTom•Curtis
Born9 January 1873 in San Francisco, California (USA)
Died23 May 1944 in Nahant, Massachusetts (USA)
Measurements176 cm / 66 kg
AffiliationsBoston AA, Boston (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1


Although Tom Curtis never won any major championship and was not even awarded his letter at Harvard, he is assured of a place in sporting history as the winner of the first Olympic hurdles title. In Athens, he narrowly defeated the Englishman, Grantley Goulding, and although Goulding was a superior hurdler, Curtis’ speed on the flat took him to the tape a yard ahead of the only other finalist. Curtis also won a heat in the 100m at the Olympics, but did not contest the final. In World War I, Curtis commanded the Massachusetts ambulance corps and he later became an executive with the Lord Electric Company of Massachusetts.

Personal Bests: 100 – 12.2 (1896); 110H – 17.6 (1896).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1896 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Tom Curtis
100 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 h2 r1/2
110 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Long Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS