Tim Ahearne

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Timothy Joseph Ahearne (17 August 1885 – 12 December 1968) [1] was an Irish track and field athlete who competed for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in the 1908 Summer Olympics. Son of William Aherne, a farmer, and Margaret Aherne (née Shine), he was born in Dirreen, Athea, Limerick, [2] and was the older brother of Dan Ahearn, the world record holder of the triple jump from 1911–1924. [3]

Ahearne won the gold medal in the triple jump at the 1908 Summer Olympics held in London, while representing Great Britain and Ireland (as Ireland was not recognised separately at the time by the International Olympic Committee). He finished eighth in the long jump competition and also participated in the standing long jump event but his result is unknown. In the 110 metre hurdles, at which he was an Irish champion, he was eliminated in the semi-finals.

After his Olympic victory in 1908, Ahearne emigrated to New York in 1909, and joined the Irish American Athletic Club. He also competed for a time for the rival New York Athletic Club. Later in life, Ahearne raised "prize-winning" cattle on a farm in upstate New York. [4] [5]

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References

  1. Tim Ahearne at Olympedia
  2. "Ahearne, Timothy J. ('Tim') | Dictionary of Irish Biography". www.dib.ie. Retrieved 6 September 2023.
  3. "World Athletics". worldathletics.org. Retrieved 6 September 2023.
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  5. Coughlan, Ronan (7 April 2020). "The Athea Brothers who took on the world and won". Sporting Limerick. Retrieved 6 September 2023.