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Hahn: The Milwaukee Meteor

The big star of the St. Louis Games was American Archie Hahn, who won three gold medals in the 60-meter, 100-meter and 200-meter races.

In the last race, the University of Michigan student, nicknamed "The Milwaukee Meteor," set a time of 21.6 seconds, an Olympic record that remained unbeaten for 28 years.

Born on Sept. 14, 1880, Archibald "Archie" Hahn discovered track and field at the age of 19. He was signed up by university representatives, who saw athletic ability in the small and thin athlete who showed he had powerful legs at a county fair.

Hahn already had won the 60-meter and 200-meter events when he lined up for the final of the 100-meter race. Despite a strong wind, the American won easily in a time of 11.0 seconds, two-tenths of a second ahead of fellow American Nathaniel Cartmell.

The American sprinter, a forerunner of the great stars America would later produce in this discipline, also won the 100-meter event in the intercalated Games in 1906.

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