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  • Olympic Medals
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  • Games participations
  • First Olympic Games
    Antwerp 1920
  • Year of Birth
Olympic Results



Leave denied

At the time of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, James Connolly was a 27-year-old undergraduate student at Harvard. Desperate to compete at the Olympic Games, Connolly submitted a request for a leave of absence which, according to Harvard records, was denied. Connolly then requested an honourable withdrawal as a student, which was granted.

First champion

On 6 April 1896, Connolly won the triple jump, which was then known as the “hop, skip, jump”. This made him the first Olympic champion in 1,527 years. He also placed second in the high jump and third in the long jump.

Subsequent Olympic Games

At the 1900 Paris Games, Connolly lost his Olympic title to his compatriot Meyer Prinstein. Four years later, he attended the 1904 Olympic Games as a journalist. He later became a well-known novelist and was offered an honorary doctorate by Harvard, which he turned down.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Paris 1924

3,000 metres, Team
3,000 metres, Team Athletics
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Antwerp 1920

1,500 metres
1,500 metres Athletics