James Francis Thorpe

James Francis Thorpe (HM2709)

Location: Jim Thorpe, PA 18229 Carbon County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 53.073', W 75° 43.523'

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Gold Medalist

—1912 Olympics, Stockholm, Sweden —

Broad Jump - 1st place = 23 feet 2.7 inches
Javelin - 3rd place = 153 feet 3 inches
Discus - 1st place = 116 feet 8.4 inches
200- Meter Dash - 1st place = 22.9 seconds
1,500- Meter Race - 1st place = 4 min. 44.8 seconds
100 Meter Dash - 3rd place
Running Broad Jump - 2nd place
Shot put - 1st place = 42 feet 5.5 inches
Running High Jump - 1st place = 6 feet 1.6 inches
110 - Meter Hurdles - 1st place = 15.6 seconds
400 - Meter Run - 4th place
Discus - 2nd place
Javelin - 3rd place
Pole Vault - 3rd place
1,500 Meter Run - 1st place = 4 min. 40.1 seconds
Thorpe finished the Decathlon with an incredible 8,412.96 points out of a possible 10,000! His nearest competitor had 7,724.5. His total points for the Decathlon was a record that stood for 10 years. Only Olympian ever to win gold medals for both, the Pentathlon & Decathlon in the same Olympics. Sweden's King Gustav distributed the gold medals - Gustav shook Thorpe's hand in a solemn manner and uttered the famous compliment, "Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world." Thorpe, almost speechless with modesty, is said to have blurted out, "Thanks, King."
Dedicated: May 21, 2011
HM NumberHM2709
Year Placed2011
Placed ByJim Thorpe Area Sports Hall of Fame Committee and Concerned Citizens and Organizations
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 438887 N 4526194
Decimal Degrees40.88455000, -75.72538333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 53.073', W 75° 43.523'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 53' 4.38" N, 75° 43' 31.38" W
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Area Code(s)570
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1415-1439 PA-903, Jim Thorpe PA 18229, US
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