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Jackson Scholz

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Inducted: 1977, athlete

Born: March 15, 1897 - Buchanan, Michigan
Deceased: October 26, 1986

Events
100 yd. - 9.50


In the movie "Chariots of Fire," Jackson Scholz gained fame in recent times as the runner who finished second to Britain's Harold Abrahams in the 100 meters at the 1924 Olympic Games. In fact, Scholz was the first man to reach a sprint final in three different Olympics. In 1920, he was fourth in the 100 meters and won a gold medal in the 4x100m relay. Four years later, he won the gold medal at 200 meters and the silver medal in finishing second to Abrahams in the 100 meters. In 1928, he was fourth in the 200 meters. A star while at the University of Missouri, Scholz won his only national title in 1925 in the AAU 220. A competitor for the Newark A.C. in his postcollege days, Scholz later became a successful freelance writer.

Championships
1920 Olympics: 100 m (4th)
1920 Olympics: 400 m relay (1st)
1924 Olympics: 100 m (2nd)
1924 Olympics: 200 m (1st)
1928 Olympics: 200 m (4th)
1925 AAU: 220 yd. (1st)

Education
undergraduate: Missouri (Columbia, Missouri)

Occupations
Freelance writer

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