Ray Ewry - Olympic Facts and Results

Raymond Ewry at the Olympics
Biography and Olympic Results

Raymond Ewry from United States of America
Facts about Raymond Ewry in Athletics
Raymond Clarence Ewry (1873-1937) is one of the most successful olympic athletes of all times. He won 8 gold medals in three olympics which brings him into the top ten of all time gold winning athletes .

Ewry was born in Lafayette, Indiana, on 14th October 1873. As a boy he contracted polio putting him in a wheelchair for some time with doctors fearing that he would become paralysed and never able to walk. Ewry, however, overcame the illness by exercising his legs and finally managed to walk again. The continual leg training made him one of the best jumpers of all time. His speciality became the jump events where one is standing instead of running in advance of the jump. Ewry dominated the standing long jump, the standing triple jump and the standing high jump from the 1900 olympic games in Paris and untill the 1908 Olympics in London.

At his first Olympics, held in Paris (1900), he won gold medals in all three standing jumps. Incidentally, all three finals were held on the same day (July 16).

At the 1904 Summer Olympics, Ewry successfully defended all three of his titles. The standing triple jump event was discontinued after those Olympics, but Ewry continued to dominate the two remaining standing jump events at the 1908 Games. After these early Olympics when the standing jumps were considered a natural part of the olympic programme they were no longer held in the Olympics after 1912.

Ewry won a total of 8 olympic gold medals and in addition to this he won two inofficial olympic gold medals at the intercaleted games in Athens 1906 in addition to 15 AAU national championships in the period from 1898 to 1910.Raymond Ewry's dominance is clear from the quality of his best results. His long jump world record of 3.47 m was still standing in the 1930s when the event gradually sized to exist. His world record in the standing high jump of 1,65 m  that was only beaten in 1936 by fellow american and double olympic gold winner in high jump Harold M. Osburn . Osburn lifted the bar to 1,68 m.

Raymond Ewry - Results in the Olympic Games

Event

Position

Result

Facts about Raymond Ewry in Olympic Athletics London 1908 - Athletics
Standing high jump M Final .Raymond Ewry gold medals in the Olympics.1,57
Standing long jump M Final .Raymond Ewry gold medals in the Olympics.3,33
Raymond Ewry results in Olympic Athletics St. Louis 1904 - Athletics
Standing high jump M Final .Raymond Ewry gold medals in the Olympics.1,60
Standing long jump M Final .Raymond Ewry gold medals in the Olympics.3,47WR
Standing triple jump M Final .Raymond Ewry gold medals in the Olympics.10,54
Raymond Ewry results in Olympic Athletics Paris 1900 - Athletics
Standing high jump M Final .Raymond Ewry gold medals in the Olympics.1,65WR
Standing long jump M Final .Raymond Ewry gold medals in the Olympics.3,21OR
Standing triple jump M Final .Raymond Ewry gold medals in the Olympics.10,58OR


This information about Raymond Ewry is based on the official Olympic reports and the Olympian Database.
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