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Frank Hamilton

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWilliam Franklin "Frank"•Hamilton
Used nameFrank•Hamilton
Born11 August 1883 in State Center Township, Iowa (USA)
Died1 August 1955 in Los Angeles, California (USA)
Measurements176 cm / 70 kg
AffiliationsChicago AA, Chicago (USA)
NOC United States


Representing the Chicago AA, Frank “Reddy” Hamilton won the 1908 AAU 100 yards and was selected for both sprints and the relay at the 1908 Olympics. After winning his heat of the 100 metres in London, he withdrew from the second round, and in the 200 metres he again won his heat but was eliminated in the second round by the ultimate winner, Bobby Kerr of Canada. Hamilton did, however, win a gold medal in the medley relay when he ran the opening 200 metre stage and put the US team into a six-meter lead which each of his teammates improved upon, with the anchorman, Mel Sheppard, breaking the tape 25 meters ahead of the German team.

Hamilton studied at Iowa Teachers College in Cedar Falls, and later earned a medical degree from the University of Louisville. He set up a medical practice in Marshalltown, near Des Moines, Iowa, and practiced there for over 20 years. In the 1930s he left Iowa and settled in Beverly Hills, California.

Personal Bests: 100 – 11.0 (1908); 200 – 21.7 (1907).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Frank Hamilton
100 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 h11 r1/3
200 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 h1 r2/3
400 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS
1,600 metres Medley Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold