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Jim Fuchs

Inducted: 2005, athlete

Born: December 6, 1927


Fuchs enjoyed a period of domination in the men's shot put from 1949-1950 that will be long remembered. Through that remarkable span of time he won 88 consecutive meets and set four world records, and Track & Field News ranked him #1 in the world each of those seasons. Along with his world records, other highlights of his career included Olympic bronze medals in 1948 in London and 1952 in Helsinki. As a collegiate star competing for Yale, Fuchs won both the IC4A and NCAA championships in 1949 and 1950. He won U.S. national outdoor titles those same years, and was the AAU indoor champion three years in a row from 1950 through 1952. The 1951 Pan American Games shot put and discus champion in 1951, Fuchs went on his world record shot put spree beginning in 1949. His first world record was 17.79m/58 feet, 4.50 inches in June of 1949 at Oslo, Norway, and he extended it to 17.82m/58-5.50 on April 29, 1950 at Los Angeles. Fuchs improved the world record to 17.90m/58-8.75 on August 20, 1950, at Visby, Sweden; and increased it to 17.95m/58-10.75 two days later at Eskilstuna, Sweden. Fuchs currently resides in New York City.

Records Held
World Record: Shot Put - 17.79 m (July 28, 1949 - )
World Record: Shot Put - 17.82 m (April 29, 1950 - )
World Record: Shot Put - 17.90 m (August 20, 1950 - )
World Record: Shot Put - 17.95 m (August 22, 1950 - )

Championships
1948 Olympic Games: Shot Put - 16.42 m (3rd)
1952 Olympic Games: Shot Put - 17.06 m (3rd)
1949 USA Outdoor Championships: Shot Put - 17.43 m (1st)
1950 Outdoor Championships: Shot Put - 17.43 m (1st)
1950 USA Indoor Championships: Shot Put - 17.16 m (1st)
1950 USA Outdoor Championships: Shot Put - 17.07 m (1st)
1951 USA Indoor Championships: Shot Put - 17.67 m (1st)
1952 USA Indoor Championships: Shot Put - 17.15 m (1st)
1951 Pan American Games: Shot Put - 17.25 m (1st)
1951 Pan American Games: Discus - 48.90 m (1st)
1949 IC4A Championships: Shot Put (1st)
1949 NCAA Outdoor Championships: Shot Put - 17.10 m (1st)
1950 IC4A Championships: Shot Put (1st)
1950 NCAA Outdoor Championships: Shot Put (1st)

Education
undergraduate: Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut)

Occupations
Business Executive (Broadcasting, publishing, out-placement business)

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