Archibald Hahn

Archibald Hahn

American track and field athlete
Date of Birth: 14.09.1880
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Archie Hahn
  2. Early Success and World Record
  3. 1904 Olympic Games
  4. Continued Success and Legacy

Biography of Archie Hahn

Archie Hahn, an American athlete, was born on September 14, 1880, in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. He was a three-time champion at the 1904 Summer Olympic Games in sprinting events.

Early Success and World Record

In 1901, Hahn set a world record in the 100-yard dash with a time of 9.8 seconds. Two years later, he won the U.S. National Championships in both the 100-yard and 220-yard races. In the same year, he enrolled at the University of Michigan to study law, completing his degree in 1905.

1904 Olympic Games

In 1904, Hahn participated in the Summer Olympics held in St. Louis. He competed in three events: the 60-meter, 100-meter, and 200-meter sprints. Hahn won gold in all the races he participated in, becoming a three-time Olympic champion. He also set a world record of 21.6 seconds in the 200-meter final. Hahn was the first athlete to win both the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints at the same Olympics.

Continued Success and Legacy

After the Olympics, Hahn won the U.S. Championship in the 220-yard race again in 1905. He also emerged as the victor in the 100-meter event at the unofficial 1906 Olympics in Athens. However, the International Olympic Committee does not recognize these games, so Hahn was not formally named a four-time Olympic champion.

Following his athletic career, Hahn became a coach for university teams and authored the book "How to Sprint." He passed away on January 21, 1955, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Hahn earned the nickname "Milwaukee Meteor" for his achievements and was inducted into the University of Michigan's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983.