Forrest SMITHSON

United States of America USA

Athletics

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
  • Games participations
    1
  • First Olympic Games
    London 1908
  • Year of Birth
    1881
Olympic Results

Biography

Forrest SMITHSON

Forrest Smithson attended both Notre Dame and Oregon State (then Oregon Agricultural College), but did not graduate from either school. He later became a Baptist minister and supposedly won the 1908 Olympic high hurdles carrying a Bible in his hand as a protest against Sunday competition. However, this claim, based on a posed picture in the Official Report of the Olympics, is false. The final of the race was held on a Saturday, and Sunday racing was uncommon in Britain at the time. Smithson won the AAU title in 1907 and 1909 and his winning time of 15.0 at the 1908 Olympic was recognized as the first official IAAF record.

Personal Bests: 100 – 11.2 (1968); 110H – 15.0 (1908).

Olympic Results

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Results Event Sport

London 1908

G
110 metres Hurdles
110 metres Hurdles Athletics