Dan Ahearn

Dan Ahearn

Dan Ahearn, born in Athea, Ireland on April 12, 1888 was an Irish and later American track and field athlete and a member of the Irish American Athletic Club. In 1920 Summer Olympics, he contested for the U.S. Olympic team. Originally, he was Irish and his surname was, “Ahearne” but later he immigrated with his family to the United States in 1909 and dropped “e” and changed it too Ahearn. He didn’t compete for 1912 Summer Olympics as he was not having US Citizenship. I 1908, he won National Amateur Athletic Union and in 1909, Dan established many new records in the hop, skip, and jump.  His elder brother, Tim Ahearne was also an Olympian. Both brothers were athlete.
In July 1909, Ahearn succeeded in obtaining his name on the record books by making a brand new record for the 2 hops and jump, doing the gap of fifty feet two inches. Later in 1920, at the age of 32, he ended up in sixth place in the Olympic triple jump competition and later opted for a job of policeman in Chicago. But unfortunately, America’s one of the great athletes died very soon at the age of 54 on December 20, 1942.

He owned the record for Men's Triple Jump World Record Holder for a very long time, from July 31, 1909 – July 12, 1924 which was preceded by John Breshnihan and later succeeded by Nick Winter.

 

 

 

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