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Charles Reidpath

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameCharles Decker•Reidpath
Used nameCharles•Reidpath
Born20 September 1889 in Buffalo, New York (USA)
Died21 October 1975 in Kenmore, New York (USA)
Measurements181 cm / 76 kg
AffiliationsNYAC, New York (USA)
NOC(s) United States


After winning the IC4A 440y in 1910, Reidpath missed the 1911 meet through injury, but he came back in 1912 to score a notable double with a 21.4 220y (straight) and a 48.0 440y which placed him second on the world all-time list. Charles Reidpath was still in top form at the Olympics and, after running the fastest 400m semi-final (48.7), he took the gold medal with a new Olympic record of 48.2. He later ran the anchor leg on the relay team which set a new world record of 3:16.6. At Syracuse, Reidpath was on the football and track teams for three years and after graduation he entered the building trade. Apart from the years 1941 to 1946, when he was serving with the engineers corps in Europe, Charles Reidpath was the director of buildings for the city of Buffalo from 1937 until 1954.

Personal Bests: 200 – 22.1 (1912); 440y – 47.7 (1912).


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics 200 metres, Men Olympic 5 Representing United States    
  400 metres, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  4 × 400 metres Relay, Men Olympic United States 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1912 Summer Olympics 13 July 1912 Athletics 400 metres, Men Final 48.2 1
1912 Summer Olympics 15 July 1912 Athletics 4 × 400 metres Relay, Men Final 3:16.6 WR 1