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MEYER PRINSTEIN ATHLETE (Inducted 2000)

Born December, 1878. Died March 10, 1925.

A member of three Olympic teams (1900, 1904 and 1906), Meyer Prinstein was the world's greatest horizontal jumper at the turn of the 20th Century. Prinstein, who graduated from Syracuse University, first came to national prominence when he set an American long jump record of 23-7.25 in 1898. He improved that record in 1900. At the 1900 Olympics, he led the qualifiers in the long jump. However, he wound up second because he would not jump in the final that was held on Sunday. He did triple jump on Monday, however, and won the gold medal. At the 1904 Games, he became the only person to win both the long jump and triple jump at the same Olympics. He displayed his versatility by taking fifth in the Olympic 400 meters. In 1906, he again won the long jump and was 22th in the triple jump. After retiring from competition, Prinstein became a lawyer.

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