Frank Jarvis

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
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 United States


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).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1900 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Frank Jarvis
100 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
400 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS
Standing Long Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS
Triple Jump, Men (Olympic) AC
Standing Triple Jump, Men (Olympic) AC