Walter Tewksbury

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Walter Tewksbury
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Walter Tewksbury
Medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 1900 Paris 200 metres
Gold 1900 Paris 400 metre hurdles
Silver 1900 Paris 60 metres
Silver 1900 Paris 100 metres
Bronze 1900 Paris 200 metre hurdles

John Walter Beardsley Tewksbury (March 21, 1876[1] - April 24, 1968[1]), known as Walter Tewksbury or Walter B. Tewksbury, was an American track and field athlete. At the 1900 Summer Olympics, he won five medals, including two golds.

Born in Ashley, Pennsylvania,[1] Tewksbury studied for a dental degree at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1899. Running for the university team, he won the IC4A titles in the 110 and 220 y in 1898 and 1899.

After graduating in 1899, he headed for Paris to compete in the Olympic Games. Tewksbury entered in 5 events, but had strong competition, among others from fellow Penn student Alvin Kraenzlein. In the 100 m, Tewksbury equalled the world record in the semi-finals, but placed second in the final to Frank Jarvis. The following day, he took another second place, behind Kraenzlein, in the 60 m, before entering the 400 m hurdles.

At the time, this event had probably never been contested in the United States, but Tewksbury easily beat the local favourite for the 400 m hurdles title. The event was quite different from present day, as the hurdles were actually telephone poles laid over the track, and the final hurdles was a water barrier (like in the steeplechase). In the final of the 200 m hurdles, he placed third (with Kraenzlein the winner). The final of the 200 m was held a week later; in that race Tewksbury won his second individual Olympic gold, finishing immediately ahead of Norman Pritchard of India.

Tewksbury retired from sports to open a dental practice in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania. He died there on April 24, 1968[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Walter Tewksbury biography and Olympic results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved January 7, 2010.