Charles J. Bacon Jr. at the 1908 Olympic Games.
|Born||January 9, 1885|
|Died||November 15, 1968 (aged 83)|
|Occupation||Athletics (sport) competitor|
|Competitor for the United States|
|Gold||1908 London||400 m hurdles|
Charles Joseph Bacon, Jr. (January 9, 1885 – November 15, 1968) was an American athlete and a member of the Irish American Athletic Club and the New York City Police Department. He won the 400 metres hurdles at the 1908 Summer Olympics.
At the Olympic Games in 1908, he and fellow American Harry Hillman went over the last hurdle simultaneously, after which Bacon pulled away on the straight to win in a new world record of 55.0 seconds. This record was recognised by IAAF, thus Bacon became the first world record holder in the 400 metres hurdles. The same year, Bacon set the worlds record for the 440 yards, 10 hurdles, 3 feet 6 inches at Celtic Park, Queens, New York, the home of the Irish American Athletic Club on October 11, 1908.
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|Men's 400 m hurdles World Record Holder
July 22, 1908 – June 26, 1920
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