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Jim Delaney

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameFrancis James "Jim"•Delaney
Used nameJim•Delaney
Born1 March 1921 in Butte, Montana (USA)
Died2 April 2012 in Santa Rosa, California (USA)
Measurements183 cm / 93 kg
AffiliationsOlympic Club, San Francisco (USA)
NOC United States


Jim Delaney of the Olympic Club in San Francisco, and formerly of Notre Dame, set a personal career best when he won the 1948 Final Trials at 55-1¾ (16.81). In London, Delaney bettered the previous Olympic record but he was decisively beaten by Moose Thompson. Delaney did edge out Jim Fuchs as the U.S. swept the 1948 shot put medals. Delaney was third at the 1943 AAU and second in 1946, before winning the AAU title in 1947 and 1948.

Jim Delaney served in the US Navy in the Pacific during World War II. He later spent most of his working career with Steelcase, Inc., retiring in 1987 as Vice-President and General Manager of the West Coast Division of the company.

Personal Best: SP – 16.81 (1948).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Jim Delaney
Shot Put, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver