FLANAGAN John (1873 - 1938) Ireland / United States / Track and field
This hammer thrower of Irish origin wrote himself into Olympic history by winning three consecutive gold medals between 1900 and 1908. Also a silver medal winner in the shot putt in 1904, he set 15 world records. A policeman in New York, Flannagan was 32 when he won his first title in Paris and over forty when he won in London. Three years later nostalgia forced him to return to his island, where he remained for the rest of his life.