Jimmy Gathers

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJames F. "Jimmy"•Gathers
Used nameJimmy•Gathers
Born17 June 1930 in Sumter, South Carolina (USA)
Died1 June 2002 in Alcoa, Tennessee (USA)
Measurements181 cm / 69 kg
AffiliationsUS Air Force, (USA)
NOC United States


With Andy Stanfield and Thane Baker taking the first two places, Jim Gathers completed the medal sweep for the U.S. in the 1952 200 m by finishing third. Gathers, of the U.S. Air Force and formerly Tillotson College, officially placed equal third in the 100 m at the 1952 Final Trials, but the selectors preferred Dean Smith as their Olympic choice and Gathers ran only the 200 m in Helsinki.

Personal Best: 200 – 20.8 (1952).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1952 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Jimmy Gathers
200 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
4 × 100 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) United States DNS