Lee Talbott

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Lee Talbott in a sketch by Robert Edgren, 1907.

Lee Talbott (Leander James Talbott, Jr.; July 12, 1887 – September 16, 1954) was an American track and field athlete, tug of war competitor, and wrestler from Kansas City, Missouri. He attended the Mercersburg Academy and was a weight thrower first at Cornell University in 1907 and then at Penn State in 1909.[1] He was a member of the Kansas City Athletic Club, and he competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics as a member of the Irish American Athletic Club. In his prime, Talbott stood 6' 6" inches and weighed 220 lbs.[2]

In 1908 he finished fifth in the hammer throw competition, sixth in the discus throw event, and eighth in the shot put competition.

Talbott was a member of the American tug of war team that refused to compete against the Liverpool Police team after the first round of the controversial Olympic tug of war event. He also participated as a wrestler in the freestyle heavyweight event but was eliminated in the first round after losing his bout to the upcoming gold medalist, Con O'Kelly. He is the only athlete to compete in three sports at one Olympic Games celebration.

In 1909 he won the hammer throw in the Amateur Athletic Union championship, and in 1909 and 1915 he was the champion in the 56-lb. weight throw. Between 1909 and 1917 Talbott won 20 medals at the Amateur Athletic Union championships in the shot put, discus throw, hammer throw, and the 56-lb. weight throw.

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  1. ^ "LEE TALBOTT TO PENN STATE. Former Manual and K. C. A. C. Athlete Couldn't Enter Cornell This Year.". Kansas City Star. 11 November 1909. p. 8. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  2. ^ The New York Evening World, April 19, 1907.

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