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Charles Archibald "Archie" Hahn

American athlete Charles Archibald "Archie" Hahn was born on September 14, 1880. At the 1904 Olympics in Saint Lucia, he won gold medals in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

Having won sprint events at the 1903 American and Canadian championships, Hahn - born in Dodgeville, Wisconsin but running for the University of Michigan - was among the favourites at the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis, which was poorly attended by European athletes.

In the first event at those Games, the 60 m, Hahn benefited from his quick start and won, making him a favourite for the remaining events he was entered in, the 100 m and 200 m. His run in the 200 m final delivered him the gold and a good time, although the latter was flattered, because the race was run on a straight course. In his third event, he again outclassed the field, thus winning all sprint events.

After his running career, Archie Hahn became a coach and wrote the classic book How to sprint. He died in 1955, in Charlottesville, Virginia.



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