Herbert Kerrigan

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Herbert Kerrigan
Medal record
Men’s athletics
Representing  United States
Intercalated Games
Bronze medal – third place 1906 Athens High jump

Herbert William Kerrigan (January 24, 1879 – September 10, 1959) was an American athlete who competed mainly in the high jump.


He was born in Portland, Oregon[1] and died in San Francisco.

Kerrigan competed for the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland and won the Pacific Northwest high jump championships in 1894 and 1896.[1] In the 1906 Intercalated Games held in Athens, Greece, Kerrigan won the bronze medal jointly with Greek athlete Themistoklis Diakidis. Kerrigan had been favored to win, but was injured by a wave that hit the ship carrying the U.S. team to Athens.[2][3] The winning height of 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) was the lowest winning height in Olympic history.[2]


  1. ^ a b Curtis, William B. "American Amateur Athletes in 1896" (PDF). Outing. XXIX (3): 272–276. 
  2. ^ a b "Trivia archive". Running Past. Retrieved 2007-06-04. 
  3. ^ "American athletes arrive; most of those injured on the steamer are recovering". New York Times. April 16, 1906. Retrieved 2007-06-04. (Subscription required (help)).