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Melvin Whinfield (Mel) Sheppard (Almonesson Lake5 september 1883 – Queens4 January 1942) was an American athlete, who excelled in the distances between the 400 m and 1500 m. He was multiple American Champion on the 880 yd and multiple American indoor champion on the 600 yd and 1000 yd. He also took part in the twice Olympic Summer Games where he won a total of five medals, including four gold.

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Career[Edit]Edit

Sheppard made his Olympic debut at the age of 24 at the 1908 summer Olympics in London. He came to this play out on three parts, namely the 800 m, the 1500 and 1600 m medley. On all three components he captured a gold medal. With its three gold medals was he, along with Henry Taylor, the most successful athlete in this edition of the summer Olympics. Four years later he came out on the Olympics in the 400 m, 800 m, 1500 m and the 4 x 400 metres relay. He won the silver medal in the 800 m. His finish time of 1.52, 0 was undercut by his only compatriot Ted Meredith, who with his finish time of 1.51, 9 the world record pulverized. In 4 x 400 metres relay he won gold by working withEdward Lindberg, Ted Meredith and Charles Reidpath in 3.16, to improve the world record 6.

Sheppard died on 58-year-old age in his home in Queens as a result of an acute indigestion. [1]

Titles[Edit]Edit

  • Olympic champion 800 m-1908
  • Olympic champion 1500 m-1908
  • Olympic champion 4 x 400 m-1912
  • Olympic champion medley-1908
  • American Champion 880 yd-1906, 1907, 1908, 1911, 1912
  • American indoor champion 600 yd-1908, 1909
  • American indoor champion 100 yd-1906, 1907

Personal bests[Edit]Edit

Distance Performance Year
400 m 48.8 s 1912
800 m 1.52, 0 1912
1500 m 4.01, 2 1912

Palmares[Edit]Edit

400 m[Edit]Edit

  • 1912: 2nd in ½ fin OS-48.9 (estimate)

800 m[Edit]Edit

  • 1908: [1]OS-1.52, 8 (WR)
  • 1912: [2]OS-1.52, 0

1500 m[Edit]Edit

  • 1908: [3]OS-4.03, 4 (OR)
  • 1912: AC OS

1600 m medley[Edit]Edit

  • 1908: [4]OS-3.29, 4

4 x 400 m relay[Edit]Edit

  • 1912: [5]OS-3.16, 6 (WR)

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