Today we will look at Olympic field event medalists through the decades roughly in chronological order. First up is Irish-born John Flanagan who was already the world record holder in the hammer throw when he emigrated to the USA in 1896. By 1900 he was eligible for the US Olympic team,
and he won the Gold medal in his chosen sport then and again in 1908 and 1912. A New York
City policeman, he returned to Ireland and took up farming and coaching after the
1912 Olympics because he was assigned a job that kept him from training.