Lawrence Shields

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Lawrence Shields
Lawrence Shields in 1919
Personal information
Born March 5, 1895
West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
Died February 19, 1976 (aged 80)
Marblehead, Massachusetts, United States
Alma mater Pennsylvania State University
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 1500 m
Club Meadowbrook Club, Philadelphia
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 1500 m – 4:03.0 (1920)
Mile – 4:18.4 (1922)

Marion Lawrence "Larry" Shields (March 5, 1895 – February 19, 1976) was an American middle-distance runner who specialized in the 1500 meters. Around the time of the First World War he trained under the Scots American coach Jimmy Curran at the Meadowbrook Club. At the 1920 Summer Olympics he won a bronze medal in the 1500 m. He was also part of the gold medal winning American team in the 3000 m race but he was not awarded a medal due to being one of the two weakest links of the team.[1]

In 1923 Shields began a 37-year-long career at Phillips Andover Academy as a biology teacher, coach, alumni director and member of the Board of Trustees. Shields fought with the U.S. Navy in World War I and II, retiring in the rank of Commodore in the Pacific.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Larry Shields.

External links[edit]

  • profile
  • Belgium Olympic Committee (1957). Olympic Games Antwerp 1920: Official Report (in French). 
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 11 August 2007.