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Jackson Scholz
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Jackson Scholz

Jackson Volney Scholz (March 15, 1897-October 26, 1986) was an American track and field athlete, specialized in the sprint. In the 1920s, he became the first person to appear in an Olympic sprint final in three different Olympics. After his athletic career, he also gained fame as a writer.

Scholz, from Buchanan, Michigan, competed for the University of Missouri, and later the Newark AC. While quite successful in the Olympics, he managed to win only a single national title, the 1925 220 y AAU title.

His first Olympic appearance was in Antwerp at the 1920 Summer Olympics, where he won a gold medal with the American 4 x 100 m relay team. In addition, he placed fourth in the 100 m final. Later that year, Scholz equalled the World Record in the 100 m, running 10,6 in Stockholm.

Four years later, he was one of the favourites for the sprint titles in the 100 and 200 m at the Paris Games. He lived up to the expectations in the 200 m, but was beaten to the gold in the 100 m by Britain's Harold Abrahams. This defeat, depicted in the movie Chariots of Fire, may be the feat for which Scholz is best known.

Scholz made a third Olympic appearance in 1928. As the reigning champion, he placed fourth in the 200 m.

Olympic Champions in Men's 200 m
John Tewksbury | Archie Hahn | Bobby Kerr | Ralph Craig | Allen Woodring | Jackson Scholz | Percy Williams | Eddie Tolan | Jesse Owens | Mel Patton | Andy Stanfield | Bobby Joe Morrow | Livio Berruti | Henry Carr | Tommie Smith | Valeri Borzov | Don Quarrie | Pietro Mennea | Carl Lewis | Joe DeLoach | Mike Marsh | Michael Johnson | Konstantinos Kenteris