Archie Hahn

W. H. Lipinger ( with starting pistol ) and Archie Hahn

Charles Archibald " Archie " Hahn, called the Meteor from Milwaukee ( born September 14, 1880 in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, † January 21, 1955 in Charlottesville, Virginia) was an American track and field athlete.


Hahn won at the Olympic Summer Games 1904 in St. Louis three gold medals in the 60 -, 100 - and 200 -meter run. He thus achieved a triple, which is no longer possible today because of the 60 - meter race is no longer held at the Olympics. In the 200 - meter race he ran at 21.6 s a world record and Olympic record. The world record held until 1914, the Olympic record up to the Summer Olympics in 1932 in Los Angeles. The rapid time he was able to achieve because the 200 meters were run on a continuous straight line.

At the 1906 Summer Olympics in Athens he won the sprint over 100 meters. Other medals remained unfulfilled as the 60 - and 200 - meter dash in Athens were not in the program.

Hahn won several American national champion on different sprint distances. After his playing career he became a coach and wrote a book, How to sprint. In 1983 he was admitted posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame of the USA Track & Field ( National Track & Field Hall of Fame ) and 1991 into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.


  • How to sprint, Textbook of sprint.