Page 5, 22nd November 1957

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Page 5, 22nd November 1957 — LONG JUMP CHAMPION DIES
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LONG JUMP CHAMPION DIES

MR. PETER O'CONNOR, who, besides being a solicitor, was probably the best long jumper that Ireland or Great Britain has yet produced. has died at his home in Waterford. He was 85.

In 1901 he set up a world record for the long jump of 24 feet Ili inches, at Ballsbridge, Dublin, a record which stood for more than 20 years, This was one incident in an athletic career as a long and high jumper and as a sprinter, in the course of which he won many championships.

He represented the United Kingdom at the 1906 Olympic Gaines in Athens, where he won an Olympic crown in the hop, skip and jump. As a protest against not being allowed to represent Ireland, he hoisted the Irish flag in the centre of the arena.

He came of a very religious family; six of his seven sisters became nuns, and of his nine children two sons are Jesuit priests and two daughters are Sacred Heart nuns.




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