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Joe Tierney

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJoseph Paul "Joe"•Tierney
Used nameJoe•Tierney
Born8 February 1903 in New Haven, Connecticut (USA)
Died8 April 2004 in Hamden, Connecticut (USA)
Measurements178 cm / 61 kg
AffiliationsNYAC, New York (USA)
NOC United States


Joe Tierney placed second in the AAU 440y in 1925 and fourth in the 400 in 1928. The 1928 AAU Meet doubled as the Olympic Trials and that finish qualified him for the Olympics. Tierney won the 440 yds. at the 1925 IC4As, running for Holy Cross.

Tierney studied law at Yale University. He had various jobs after law school, working as a reporter for the New Haven Register, working on Wall Street as a trader, he taught school in Connecticut, and he eventually became Assistant Director of Admissions at Yale. Tierney died at the age of 101, as one of the longest-lived Olympians.

Personal Bests: 220y – 22.2 (1925); 440y – 47.6 (1925).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Joe Tierney
400 metres, Men (Olympic) 4 h5 r2/4
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) United States DNS

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