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Dick Sheldon

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Non-starter
SexMale
Full nameRichard "Dick"•Sheldon
Used nameDick•Sheldon
Born9 July 1878 in Rutland, Vermont (USA)
Died23 January 1935 in New York, New York (USA)
AffiliationsNYAC, New York (USA)
NOC(s) United States

Biography

Like his older brother, Lewis, Dick Sheldon was an outstanding performer for both Yale and the New York AC. The first of his many successes came in 1896 when he won the IC4A shot. In 1897 he placed second in the shot and third in the hammer at the British championships and the following year he won the AAU shot and 56-lb. weight throw. In 1899, Sheldon confirmed his talents as an all-round weightman by taking a shot/discus double at the AAU championships and setting a world discus record of 122-3½ (37.27). In 1900, Sheldon won the British shot title with a new championship record and then crossed the Channel to Paris where he improved his best to 46-3¼ (14.10) and became the youngest ever winner of the Olympic shot put title. Reports of his being the youngest champion in an Olympic weight event are unfounded; examination of his birth certificate shows him to be born in 1878, not in 1880 as usually quoted. In addition to track, Dick Sheldon competed on the football team at Yale. After graduation he worked for the Cadillac Motor Co.

Personal Bests: SP – 14.25 (1904); DT – 37.35 (1899).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1900 Summer Olympics Athletics Shot Put, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing United States    
  Discus Throw, Men Olympic 3 Bronze
1906 Intercalated Games Athletics Marathon, Men Intercalated DNS Representing United States    
  Shot Put, Men Intercalated DNS
  Discus Throw, Men Intercalated DNS
  Discus Throw, Greek Style, Men Intercalated DNS
  Pentathlon (Ancient), Men Intercalated DNS

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 Shot Put, Men Qualifying Round 13.80 1
1900 Summer Olympics 15 July 1900 Athletics Shot Put, Men Final Round 14.10 1

Olympic family relations