Morris Kirksey

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMorris Marshall•Kirksey
Used nameMorris•Kirksey
Born13 September 1895 in Waxahachie, Texas (USA)
Died25 November 1981 in Stanford, California (USA)
Measurements178 cm / 77 kg
AffiliationsOlympic Club, San Francisco (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 3


After graduating from Stanford, Morris Kirksey earned his medical degree from St. Louis Medical College. He later served for 25 years as a staff psychiatrist for the State Department of Corrections, working at San Quentin and Folsom prisons. Kirksey was known mostly as a sprinter on the track team while at Stanford. He won the IC4A 100 yards in 1921, and won the sprint double at both the New Zealand and Hawaiian championships. Apart from his medals in the 100 metres and relay Kirksey also competed in the 200 metres at Antwerp, but was eliminated in the heats. He is one of the few men to have won gold medals in two distinctly different Olympic sports.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.6 (1919); 200 – 21.6 (1920).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Morris Kirksey
100 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
200 metres, Men (Olympic) 4 h1 r3/4
4 × 100 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
Rugby (Rugby) USA Morris Kirksey
Rugby, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold