In 1920 he took part in the javelin throw competition. However, it is for what happened just before the competition that Lincoln is best remembered today. As the world record holder Jonni Myyrä was resting on the grass, his left (non-throwing) arm was struck near the elbow by a Lincoln warm-up throw. Myyrä went on to win the gold medal regardless, while Lincoln finished ninth.
- Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "James Lincoln". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2009-10-12.
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