Francis Lane

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Francis Lane
Princeton athens 1896.jpg
Lane (left) together with the other Princeton-students at the 1896 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1874-09-23)September 23, 1874
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died February 17, 1927(1927-02-17) (aged 52)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Sport Sprinting
Event(s) 100m

Francis Adonijah Lane (September 23, 1874 – February 17, 1927) was an American athlete. He competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Greece.

Lane competed in the 100 metres, winning his heat with a time of 12.2 seconds. In the final, Lane finished in a dead heat for third place with Alojz Sokol of Hungary at 12.6 seconds, just barely ahead of Alexandros Chalkokondilis of Greece.[1][2] Lane and Szokolyi are currently both considered to be bronze medallists by the International Olympic Committee. The Olympic Champion was honoured with a silver medal, an olive branch and a diploma. The second athlete with a bronze medal, laurel branch and a diploma, nothing for the third best man.

Lane was one of four students from Princeton University who participated in the Athens Games. The other Princetonians were Robert Garrett, Albert Tyler and Herbert Jamison.

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  1. ^ "Olympics Statistics: Francis Lane". Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  2. ^ "Francis Lane Olympic Results". Retrieved 2012-10-04.