Tom Kiely : Ireland's first track and field Olympic gold medallist? / Tom Hunt

Hunt, Tom

Tom Kiely was born 150 years ago in Ireland. As Tom Hunt writes, he won more than 1,500 prizes over 15 years, the most notable of which was the gold medal for the 1904 all-around competitions in St. Louis. Curiously, Britain was represented in the athletics by three Irishmen one of whom was Kiely. The question is not new: was he a British gold medallist or an Irish Olympic champion, even though his country was not an independent state at the time?

See the issue of "Journal of Olympic history, 27.3, 2019"

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