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      Charles "Charley" William Paddock      

[Born: August 11, 1900 – Died: July 21, 1943 at the age of 42]


 He was an American athlete and two-fold Olympic champion.

After serving in World War I as a lieutenant of field artillery in the U.S. Marines, Paddock - a native of Gainesville, Texas - studied at the University of Southern California


There he became a member of the track and field team, and excelled in the sprint events. He won the 100 and 200 m in the first major sporting event after the war, the 1919 Inter-Allied Games, where soldiers of the Allied nations competed against each other

Height: 5'8" (172 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)


The next year, Charley Paddock was sent out to represent his country at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp. In Belgium, he had his greatest successes, winning the 100 m final, while placing second in the 200 m event.


With the American 4 x 100 m relay team, Paddock won a third Olympic medal. Paddock became famous for his unusual finishing style, leaping towards the finish line at the end of the race.

 The next year, he ran the 110 yd, which is slightly more than 100 m, in 10.2 seconds. It wasn't until 1956 that the World Record for the 100 m became lower than Paddock's time.

 In addition, he broke or equalled several other World Records over Imperial distances.

 At the 1924 Olympics, Paddock again qualified for both the 100 and 200 m finals, but he was less successful than four years earlier; he finished 5th in the 100 m and won another silver medal in the 200.

 Paddock was not a part of the relay team. In Chariots of Fire, the 1981 Oscar-winning film about those races, Paddock was portrayed by Dennis Christopher.

In 1928, Paddock participated in his third Olympics, but sadly, couldn't reach the 200 m final, But stlll went on to break many more sprinting records, up to the 1929-30's.

During his athletic activities, Paddock also held management positions in several newspapers, his father-in-law being the newspaper owner/publisher, Charles H. Prisk.

In the late 1920s he also acted in 5 movies.

 Also, he was on the personal staff of Major General William P. Upshur since the end of World War I. During World War II, On July 21st 1943, both Upshur and Paddock died in a mysterious plane crash near Sitka, Alaska.





"The Flying Man"

"The Blonde Streak"

"The Human Meteor"

"The Fastest Human"

"The California Flash"

"The Prince of Sprint"

"Fastest Man on Legs"

"The Fastest Man Alive"

"The Human Race Horse"

"World's Fastest Human"

"The California Cannonball"

"The Fastest Man of all time"

"Top 100 Althletes of all-time"

"Super Athlete of Modern times"


Actual quotes we've found over the years in:

Headlines, Editorials, Newsreels, Books, Movies and Articles


   Journalist years:

 Charles has interviewed many famous people over the years, Like:

Calvin Coolidge (White house, 1924) ; Jack Demsey (When he got his new nose) ; Babe Ruth (After his first home-run 1924) ; Charlie Chaplin (On location) ; Prince of Wales (In a London club) ; Mary Pickford (Hotel Grillon, Paris) ; Pavvo Nurmi (Olympic Champ) ; "Red" Grange (All-American) ; W.J. Bryan (Nov. 4th 1924) ; Douglas Fairbanks (In his studio)

Facts & Myths                    

Fact: Charles William Paddock was born on August 11th, 1900

Myth: He was NOT born on Nov. 8th, 1900


Fact: Charles Paddock's By-name (or Nick-name) is "Charley".

Myth: His nickname is NOT "Charlie".


Fact: The 'Charles Paddock` Zoo (In Atascadero, Ca.) is actually named after Chuck Paddock [Zoo keeper] that helped start-up the zoo in 1955

Myth: The 'S.S. Paddock' sank during WW-II, with Charley's other (Bronzed) shoe.

 Fact: Charley was a Sunday school teacher in Pasadena, from 14 up to most of his adult life.

 Fact: Charles Paddock sadly died a the early Age of 42

... 16 days before his 43rd birthday.He died at the age of 43 (Like some of the other web-sites claim).

 Fact: Jesse Owens met (His hero) Charley Paddock, And he gave 13yr Jesse advice on how to become an Olympic champion, and inspired Jesse to train hard and win the gold at Berlin, in 1936...See the Movie "RACE"!! Charley & Jesse Owens had photo's taken together.

 Fact: They gave the flag from the 'VII Olympiad' to Charles William Paddock.

  It was the very first (Official) Olympic flag flown, with the 5 rings, you see today.

Fact:  Patton field', Re-named for Charley, He set 6 world records there. Also the Tournament of Roses used to end there.

Fact: "The Spirit of Sportsmanship" ; "The Man on the Mark" ; "No More War" ; "The World at Play" (With audience attendance, up to 1500 people)


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