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Frank Jarvis

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameFrank Washington•Jarvis
Used nameFrank•Jarvis
Born31 August 1878 in California, Pennsylvania (USA)
Died2 June 1933 in Sewickley, Pennsylvania (USA)
Measurements167 cm / 58 kg
AffiliationsPrinceton Tigers, Princeton (USA)
NOC(s) United States

Biography

Apart from winning an Olympic gold medal, Frank Jarvis enjoyed the distinction of being a distant relation to George Washington. After Arthur Duffey who had beaten Jarvis in the British Championships the previous week, broke down in the 1900 Olympic final, Jarvis came through to win an unexpected gold medal. He equalled the world record of 10.8 in the heats, but reports suggest that the leniency of the French starter made a significant contribution to this time. Jarvis was on the Princeton track team for three years, winning the AAU 100y and the IC4A 440y in 1898 and the IC4A 220y in 1900. After graduating from Princeton, Frank Jarvis took a law degree at the University of Pittsburgh and practiced law in that city until shortly before his death.

Personal Bests: 100y – 9.8 (1899); 100 – 10.8 (1900); 220y – 22.2s (1900).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1900 Summer Olympics Athletics 100 metres, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing United States    
  400 metres, Men Olympic DNS
  Standing Long Jump, Men Olympic DNS
  Triple Jump, Men Olympic AC
  Standing Triple Jump, Men Olympic AC

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1900 Summer Olympics 14 July 1900 Athletics 100 metres, Men Round One, Heat Three 10.8 WR 1