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Hannes Kolehmainen

Hannes Kolehmainen (Track. Born, Kuipio, Finland, Dec. 9, 1899; died, Helsinki, Finland, Jan. 11, 1966.) Having won three gold medals in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Hannes Kolehmainen became one of the first famed foreign athletes to venture to New York for the indoor track season. Kolehmainen swept all before him in a time when […]

Matt McGrath

Matt McGrath (Track and field. Born, Nenagh, County Tipperary, Ireland, Dec. 20, 1876; died, New York, NY, Jan. 29, 1941.) Another of the so-called “Irish Whales” of the New York Police Department and the U.S. Olympic team, Matthew J. McGrath was a world record-holder in the hammer throw. McGrath won the silver medal at the […]

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