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Joe Lydon

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Coach
SexMale
Full nameJoseph Patrick "Joe"•Lydon
Used nameJoe•Lydon
Born2 February 1878 in Swinford (IRL)
Died19 August 1937 in St. Louis, Missouri (USA)
Measurements60 kg
AffiliationsChristian Brothers College, St. Louis (USA)
NOC United States

Biography

Joe Lydon is distinguished among American Olympians as having won Olympic medals in two truly disparate sports. Lydon was probably the outstanding athlete at the CBC school in 1904 and when an Olympic soccer tournament was scheduled, school officials approached him about organizing a soccer team, which he did. But in addition, Lydon boxed in the Olympics, losing in the welterweight semi-finals to Harry Spanjer. Besides boxing and soccer, Lydon was an outstanding track star. He was primarily a sprinter, with a best time of 49.0 in the 440 yds. – heady stuff for 1904. Lydon began his business career as a whiskey salesman before prohibition hit the country. He also served as superintendent of St. Louis streets from 1901 until 1909. From 1918 until his death, Joe Lydon ran his own company, the Joseph P. Lydon Oil Company. However, a hobby took up much of his time. He raised beagles and was a charter member of the St. Louis AKC Beagle Club.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1904 Summer Olympics Boxing USA Joe Lydon
Lightweight, Men (Olympic) =4
Welterweight, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Football (Football) USA Joe Lydon
Football, Men (Olympic) Christian Brothers' College 2 Silver
Athletics USA Joe Lydon
100 yards, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 3
440 yards, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 3
100 yards, Handicap, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 1
100 yards, Handicap, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 2
220 yards, Handicap, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 2
220 yards, Handicap, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 2
440 yards, Handicap, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 2

Coaching results

Games Sport (Discipline) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1904 Summer Olympics Football (Football) USA Joe Lydon
Football, Men (Olympic) Christian Brothers' College 2 Silver