John Paul Jones

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Competed in Olympic Games (non-medal events)
Full nameJohn Paul•Jones
Used nameJohn Paul•Jones
Born15 October 1890 in Washington, District of Columbia (USA)
Died5 January 1970 in Tucson, Arizona (USA)
Measurements179 cm / 66 kg
AffiliationsCornell Big Red, Ithaca (USA)
NOC United States


John Paul Jones was the IC4A mile champion from 1911-13, although in 1912 he tied [Norman Taber[() for first, and also won the 880y at that meet in 1911-12. In both 1911 and 1913 his winning time in the mile at the IC4As broke the world record. His 1913 mark of 4:14.4 was the initial world record recognized by the IAAF, although it was inferior to the world’s professional best of 4:12¾ set by Walter George in 1886. Jones was also IC4A cross-country champion from 1910-12. He ran for Cornell, graduating in 1913 in mechanical engineering, and retired from competition after the 1913 IC4A meet.

Personal Bests: 800 – 1:53.1y (1912); 1500 – 3:57.2 (1912); Mile – 4:14.4 (1913).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics USA John Paul Jones
800 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 h3 r1/3
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 4
Baseball (Baseball/Softball) USA John Paul Jones
Baseball, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) United States 1
Baseball, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) US East "Olympics" 1