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CONNOLLY James

James CONNOLLY

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On 6 April 1896, James Connolly won the triple jump and became the first champion of the modern Olympic Games.

Leave denied

At the time of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, James Connolly was a 27-year-old undergraduate student at Harvard. Desperate to compete at the Olympic Games, Connolly submitted a request for a leave of absence which, according to Harvard records, was denied. Connolly then requested an honourable withdrawal as a student, which was granted.

First champion

On 6 April 1896, Connolly won the triple jump, which was then known as the “hop, skip, jump”. This made him the first Olympic champion in 1,527 years. He also placed second in the high jump and third in the long jump.

Subsequent Olympic Games

At the 1900 Paris Games, Connolly lost his Olympic title to his compatriot Meyer Prinstein. Four years later, he attended the 1904 Olympic Games as a journalist. He later became a well-known novelist and was offered an honorary doctorate by Harvard, which he turned down.

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Results

  • Games
    Result
    Sport
    Event
  • S 13.97
    Athletics
    triple jump men
  • G 13.71
    Athletics
    triple jump men
    S 1.65
    Athletics
    high jump men
    B 6.11
    Athletics
    long jump men


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