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Clare Jacobs

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameClare Stephen•Jacobs
Used nameClare•Jacobs
Born18 February 1886 in Madison, South Dakota (USA)
Died21 February 1971 in Detroit, Michigan (USA)
Measurements178 cm / 64 kg
AffiliationsChicago Maroons, Chicago (USA)
NOC United States


After winning the Big Ten championship in 1908 with a career best of 12-4 (3.76), Clare Jacobs was in a three-way tie for third at the London Olympics. Jacobs, who attended both Albion College and the University of Chicago, twice set world indoor records and had a best indoor vault of 12-3. Later in life he became an avid sailor and once won the Mackinac Race. He formed the F. L. Jacobs Company, automotive suppliers in SouthField, Michigan, and ran that company until his retirement.

Personal Best: PV – 3.76 (1908).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1904 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Clare Jacobs
220 yards Hurdles, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 3
Pole Vault, Boys (Olympic (non-medal)) 1
Pole Vault, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 2
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Clare Jacobs
Pole Vault, Men (Olympic) =3 Bronze


Previously listed incorrectly as Charles Sherman Jacobs Born 15 February 1882 in Pulaski, Michigan (USA) Died February 1945 in Kenosha, Wisconsin (USA)