Frank Jarvis

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Full name Frank Washington Jarvis
nation United StatesUnited States United States
birthday August 31, 1878
place of birth California
size 167 cm
Weight 58 kg
date of death June 2, 1933
Place of death Sewickley
discipline sprint
Best performance 10.8 s ( 100 m )
society Princeton Tigers
Medal table
Olympic games 1 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
Olympic rings Olympic games
gold Paris 1900 100 m

Frank Washington Jarvis (born August 31, 1878 in California , Pennsylvania , † June 2, 1933 in Sewickley , Pennsylvania) was an American athlete and Olympic champion .


Jarvis was a student at East Liberty Academy in Pittsburgh and a talented sprinter from a young age . In 1895, two weeks after his 17th birthday, he participated as a member of the Pittsburgh Athletic Club in the championships of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) , which corresponded to the national championships of the USA, over 100  yards . He made it to the final, but only finished fifth or last place there.

In 1898 he started for the Chicago Athletics Association and was a student at Princeton University . As such, he participated in the championships of the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) , which corresponded to the student championships in the USA, and surprisingly won the title over 440 yards. In the same year, after three unsuccessful attempts, he finally became national champion of the AAU over 100 yards. In 1899 Jarvis joined the list of sprinters who had equalized the world record over 100 yards set by John Owen in 1890 .

Jarvis was part of the team of American athletes who traveled to Paris for the 1900 Olympic Games . During a stopover in England , just a few days before the start of the athletics competitions in Paris, he took part in the championships of the Amateur Athletic Association (AAA) , which corresponded to the British championships. Over 100 yards he had to admit defeat to his compatriot Arthur Duffey and was then no longer the favorite for the 100 meter run in Paris.

At the 100-meter run of the Olympic Games in Paris, Jarvis equalized the world record with 10.8 seconds, set in 1891 by Luther Cary . His compatriot Walter Tewksbury achieved the same time in his intermediate run. Duffey and Australian Stan Rowley also qualified for the final with four runners . Here, all four were almost tied until halfway through the race, until Arthur Duffey, who was in the lead, pulled a muscle, fell and gave up. The other three runners fought out the race and Jarvis won ahead of Tewksbury and Rowley.

Jarvis was also registered in Paris for the triple jump and standing triple jump competition . It is not certain whether he actually competed or whether no distance was measured for him. In any case, one result is not recorded.

The placements at the Olympic Games for Frank Washington Jarvis:

  • II. Olympic Games 1900, Paris
    • 100 m - gold with 11.0 s (silver to Walter Tewksbury from the USA with 11.1 s; bronze to Stan Rowley from Australia with 11.2 s)
    • Triple jump - reported, but not started or eliminated without a distance
    • Stand triple jump - reported, but not started or eliminated without a distance

Note: With the exception of the times of the respective winners, the running times are estimated, as there was no time measurement for those placed. With them, the gap to the winner or the first place was recorded with a length specification.

Back in the USA Jarvis participated in the student championships of the IC4A that same year and won the title over 220 yards.

Jarvis left Princeton University in 1900 with a Bachelor of Science degree and moved to the University of Pittsburgh , where he began studying law, which he graduated in 1903. Jarvis ran a law firm in Allegheny County until his death . In 1906 he married Ruth Wilson. He had two children, Frank W. Jarvis Jr. and Dorothy Jarvis.

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