Irving Baxter

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Irving Baxter athletics

Irving Baxter in 1900

Full name Irving Knott Baxter
nation United StatesUnited States United States
birthday March 25, 1876
place of birth Utica
date of death June 13, 1957
Place of death Utica
discipline Pole vault , high jump
society Penn Quakers
Medal table
Olympic games 2 × gold 3 × silver 0 × bronze
Olympic rings Olympic games
gold Paris 1900 Pole vault
gold Paris 1900 high jump
silver Paris 1900 High jump from a standing position
silver Paris 1900 Long jump from standing
silver Paris 1900 Triple jump from standing

Irving Knott "Irv" Baxter (born March 25, 1876 in Utica , New York ; † June 13, 1957 ibid) was an American track and field athlete who was first and three times second in five different jumping disciplines at the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris has been. His strengths were the Olympic disciplines high , long and triple jump from a standing start , which were only held until 1912 .

Starting for the University of Pennsylvania, Baxter is the only double Olympic champion in high and pole vault in history. He was at the top of the list of the world's best high jumpers for five years: in 1900 in 1st place (1.91 m), in 1897 in 2nd place (1,88 m), in 1898 and 1899 in 3rd place (1, 90 m or 1.89 m) and in 1901 in 4th place (1.85 m).



  • High jump: AAU master 1897 (1.88 m), 1898 (1.83 m), 1899 (1.85 m), 1900 (1.85 m) and 1902 (1.71 m) as well as IC4A master 1899 ( 1.88 m)
  • Pole vault: AAU champion 1899 (3.27 m)


Web links


  1. a b There was no award of the first three places in their current form with gold, silver and bronze medals in 1900. In some sports and competitions, silver or bronze plaques were awarded.