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Hahn: the Milwaukee meteor

The big star of the St Louis Games was home-boy Archie Hahn, who won three gold medals from his exploits in the 60m, 100m and 200m.

In the last named race, the Michigan University student, nicknamed the 'Milwaukee meteor', set a time of 21.6sec, a new Olympic record which remained unbeaten for 28 years.

Born on September 14, 1880, Archibauld "Archie" Hahn discovered athletics at the age of 19. He was signed up by the University organisers who spotted athletic ability in this small and thin athlete with powerful legs.

Hahn had already won the 60m and 200m when he lined up for the final of the 100m. In spite of a strong wind the American broke smartly to shoot into the lead and won easily in a time of 11.0 sec, ahead of his compatriot and Louisville rival, Nathaniel Cartmell (11.2 sec).

The American sprinter, a forerunner of the great stars America would later produce in this discipline, also took the 100m in the intercalated Games in 1906.

Copyright 2008 Agence France-Presse.

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