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Jackson Volney Scholz

American athlete Jackson Volney Scholz was born on March 15, 1897. In the 1920s, he became the first person to appear in an Olympic sprint final in three different Olympics.

Born in Buchanan, Michigan, Jackson competed for the University of Missouri, and later the Newark AC. While quite successful in the Olympics, he managed to win only a single national title, the 1925 220 y AAU title.

His first Olympic appearance was in Antwerp at the 1920 Summer Olympics, where he won a gold medal with the American 4 x 100 m relay team. In addition, he placed fourth in the 100 m final. Later that year, Scholz equalled the World Record in the 100 m, running 10,6 in Stockholm.

Four years later, he was one of the favourites for the sprint titles in the 100 and 200 m at the Paris Games. He lived up to the expectations in the 200 m, but was beaten to the gold in the 100 m by Britain's Harold Abrahams.

Scholz made a third Olympic appearance in 1928. As the reigning champion, he placed fourth in the 200 m.



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