Francis Lane

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Francis Lane
Francis Lane.jpg
Lane 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
Alma mater Princeton University
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 69 kg (152 lb)
Sport Sprint running
Event(s) 100 m
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 12.2 (1896)

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

At the time of the 1896 Summer Olympics Lane was in his junior year at Princeton University and was on of the four from the University that made up the American team of 14 competitors, the 16 day journey to Athens didn't help Lane, and he arrived in the poorest condition after suffering from sea sickness.[1]

Lane competed in the 100 metres, and when he won his heat in 12.2 seconds, he became the first the first American to compete at the Olympic Games and the first ever person to win a 100 metre race.[2] In the final, he ran 12.6 seconds and tied for the third place with Alojz Sokol of Hungary, and both are considered as bronze medalists.[3][4] At those games the champion was honored with a silver medal, an olive branch and a diploma, and the second athlete with a bronze medal, laurel branch and a diploma. Nothing was given to the third best man.

Lane's cousin Albert Tyler was also part of the 1896 United States Olympic team and won a silver medal in the pole vault.[5]

In 1897 Lane graduated from Princeton University and went to the medical school at Washington University in St. Louis. He later became the head of ophthalmology departments at Rush Medical College and the Presbyterian and Illinois Central Hospitals in Chicago.[4]

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  1. ^ Princeton Alumni Weekly, Volume 80. Princeton University. 17 December 1979. p. 11. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "100m evolution: How athletes upped the pace". Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "Olympics Statistics: Francis Lane". Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  4. ^ a b "Francis Lane Olympic Results". Archived from the original on 2012-11-14. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  5. ^ "Albert Tyler bio". Olympics at Retrieved 17 June 2017.