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Archie Hahn

Born: Sep 14, 1880

Death: Jan 21, 1955

Birthplace: Dodgeville

Nationality: United States

Archie Hahn

Date of Birth : Sep 14, 1880
Date of Death : Jan 21, 1955
Birth Place : Dodgeville

Charles Archibald "Archie" Hahn was an American track athlete and one of the best sprinters in the early 20th century. 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 favorites 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 favorite 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. In 1906, the "Milwaukee Meteor" repeated his Olympic 100 m victory in Athens, a feat not equalled until 1988, when Carl Lewis won the 100 m twice in a row. After his running career, Hahn became a coach and wrote the classic book How to Sprint.

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