Meyer Prinstein ( born Myer Prinstein ; December 22, 1878 , Schuchin , Lomzhinsky province - March 10, 1925 , New York , USA ) - American athlete , three-time champion of the Summer Olympic Games .
|Date and place of birth|
|Date and Place of Death|
Mayer Princestein was born December 22, 1878 into a Jewish family in the city of Schuchin , Poland . In 1884, they moved to the United States . Princestein graduated from the University of Syracuse with a degree in law , but after graduating he went in for athletics.
In 1898, he set his first U.S. record in the long jump by jumping 7.19 meters. Two years later, Princestein beat the world achievement with a score of 7.50 meters. By then, he had already won four US championships in this discipline. In 1900, he went to Paris to take part in the 1900 Summer Olympics .
At the Olympics, Princetai competed in two jumping disciplines - a long jump and a triple jump . In the first discipline, he took second place with a score of 7.175 m, losing only to his compatriot Alvin Crantzline . In the second, he became the champion, jumping 14.47 meters and setting an Olympic record.
After 4 years, Princestein took part in the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis . There he participated not only in jumping competitions, but also in running. In both of his favorite competitions, he became the champion, and he is still the only athlete who won both the long jump and the triple jump at the Olympics. In the run on 60 and 400 meters, Prinstein took fifth places, and in the race for 100 meters he reached the semifinals.
At the next 1906 Olympics in Athens . He won the long jump again, but this medal, like all the Games, is not recognized by the International Olympic Committee as it passed without their consent. Therefore, formally Princestein did not win his fourth gold medal.
After these competitions, he withdrew from athletics and became a lawyer . He died on March 10, 1925 in New York .
Mayer Princestein was included in the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1982 and the American Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000 .